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Ospreys pay tribute to Alun Wyn Jones before his 233rd appearance

Posted By Robert Lloyd

The Ospreys have paid tribute to Alun Wyn Jones as he prepares for his 233rd appearance for his home region, that will take him clear at the top of the all-time list.

The big second row has firmly established himself as one of the all-time greats of the world game, and his commitment to the Ospreys shines as bright as ever with the former Bonymaen and Swansea player coming straight back into regional action after a busy November on the international scene. 

Featuring three times for Wales during the autumn series, last weekend he played his 120th game for his country in the win against Australia. This weekend, he will feature for the Ospreys against Zebre in the Guinness PRO14 at the Liberty Stadium on Friday night.

On the eve of his record breaking appearance, Jones has been hailed as a “one-off” and a “true Ospreys legend”, by Managing Director, Andrew Millward, who packed down alongside Alun Wyn on 17 occasions, including his debut against Leinster at the Liberty in September 2005.

“What is there to say about Alun Wyn Jones, that hasn’t already been said?” said Millward.

“He is a wonderful ambassador for his home region, and for Wales, a true one-off. After 232 games for the Ospreys and 129 international appearances, he is arguably playing better than ever. He is a one-off in that respect.

“When he first came through the Academy ranks it was clear that he was destined for great things and his list of achievements, for the Ospreys, Wales and the Lions, is as impressive as it is long.

“His determination, loyalty and sheer will-to-win are trademarks that have served him well throughout his career and continue to. His modesty is another trademark and he will hate being centre of attention but it is only right that we pay tribute to him as he sets a new appearance record. 

“He is a true Ospreys legend and I’m sure supporters will join me in saluting him on Friday night.”

Alun Wyn Jones – Record Breaker 

Alun Wyn’s 233rd appearance comes just over 15 years after his debut and less than a week after his 120th Wales cap.

A legend of the world game, he has been a mainstay of both the Ospreys and Wales packs for over a decade since becoming one of the first youngsters to come through the regional development pathway. 

Having featured in the first game at the Liberty Stadium, a pre-season fixture against Wasps at the end of August 2005, his senior Ospreys debut came the following weekend as a second half replacement in the Region’s first competitive game at their new home, a Magners League win against Leinster.
 
Since then he has so far managed to clock up an impressive 232 Ospreys appearances to date, level with Paul James, and is one of only five players to have worn the shirt more than 200 times. His tally of 25 tries is the second highest by a forward.

He was appointed captain of his home region in August 2010 and led the team on 115 occasions, more than double any other player, prior to standing down from the role this summer.
 
Having represented Wales at age-grade level, the former Bonymaen RFC and Swansea RFC youngster made his full international debut on the 2006 tour of Argentina.

In total, he has 120 Wales caps and was part of three Six Nations winning sides including the Grand Slams of 2008 and 2012.  He captained Wales for the first time in 2009, against Italy, taking the armband three more times in 2014, before being formally appointed national skipper in 2017.

Selected for three British & Irish Lions tours, to South Africa (2009), Australia (2013) and New Zealand (2017), he played in all nine tests and captained the team in the decisive series winning third test in Australia.

Only seven players have represented the Lions on more occasions, while his international total of 129 appearances (Wales and Lions) puts him eighth in the all-time world list.

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Top Carmarthenshire sporting stars announced

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Thirty three of the county’s top sporting champions have made it to the final of this year’s Actif Carmarthenshire Sports Awards.

Winners of the twelve categories including Young Sportsman and Sportswoman will be announced in a glitzy ceremony at the Ffwrnes Theatre in Llanelli on Friday February 8.

The awards in its 20th year are organised by Carmarthenshire Council’s Actif sports and leisure team and recognise the sporting success of athletes, coaches and volunteers across Carmarthenshire.

Other categories include Disabled Sportsperson, Sports Coach, Sports Volunteer, Young Volunteer, Team of the year, Young Team of the year, Community Sport Coach and, Club of the Year and High Performance Coach.

Outstanding Services to Sport and Sporting Hall of Fame categories will be announced on the night which starts at 7pm.

Tickets are now on sale for this popular event and it is advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

The council’s executive board member for leisure, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: Carmarthenshire continues to produce some of the best sporting stars in Wales and we are extremely proud of the reputation the county holds in the Welsh sporting circles. These awards provide us with the opportunity to congratulate and honor them, especially those who keep their clubs thriving.”

To see who has made it onto the shortlist and for tickets visit our website

CATEGORIES INCLUDE –

SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR    
SPONSORED BY MCDONALD’S

Open to any male or female sports person. We are looking for individuals who have achieved success at an international level, representing Wales and/or Great Britain within their sport.

  • Emma Wheeler
  • Dewi Griffiths
  • Scott Davies

YOUNG SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR    
SPONSORED BY GD HARRIES

Nominees must be in the Junior Category of their Sport and U21. We are looking for an individual who has achieved success at an international level, representing Wales and/or Great Britain within their sport. If under 21 and have competed in a senior event, they can also be nominated for the Sports Personality of the Year Award.

  • Ben Thomas
  • Jamie Dean
  • Daniel Griffiths

YOUNG SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR

Nominees must be in the Junior Category of their Sport and U21. We are looking for an individual who has achieved success at an international level, representing Wales and/or Great Britain within their sport. If under 21 and have competed in a senior event, they can also be nominated for the Sports Personality of the Year Award.

  • Lucy Packer
  • Jessica Roberts
  • Emily Shawyer

DISABLED SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR   
SPONSORED BY MAGSTIM

To be awarded regardless of age. We are looking for male and female sports people who are involved within their sport at a community, regional, national and/or international level.

  • Luke Jones
  • Madison Davies
  • Oliver Griffith-Salter

HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORTS COACH OF THE YEAR   
SPONSORED BY ALLIANCE & LEISURE

Nominees must be a qualified coach within their sporting field. We are looking for individuals who have achieved success in coaching athletes/teams performing at Regional, National and/or International level. The winner of this award will automatically be entered for the Sport Wales Coach of the Year.

  • Richard Stepney
  • Shelley Pace
  • Carol Sargeant

COMMUNITY SPORTS COACH OF THE YEAR   
SPONSORED BY RADIO CARMARTHENSHIRE

Nominees must be a qualified coach within their sporting field. We are looking for individuals who have devoted their time in getting more people active in sport and retaining their participation in a local community setting.

  • Mat Dorn
  • Aled Jones-Davies
  • Mair Phillips

SPORTS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR   
SPONSORED BY SPORT WALES

Open to any male or female over 21, who has given up their time and energy to lead and inspire within an organisation, e.g. school, sports club, youth group. Roles undertaken could involve leading sessions, running events, officiating and administration. Voluntary work is unpaid, and predominantly within Carmarthenshire. Nominations are welcome from teachers.

  • Nick and Rod
  • Nathan Jones
  • Gillian Handscombe

YOUNG SPORTS VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR  
SPONSORED BY CASTELL HOWELL

Nominees, male or female, must be aged 21 and under. We are looking for individuals who give up their time to lead, inspire and support people to become more active within an organisation, e.g. school, sports club, youth group. Roles undertaken could involve leading sessions, running events, officiating and administration. Voluntary work is unpaid, predominantly within Carmarthenshire and is not part of a formal educational course.

  • Jacob Williams
  • Laura Massocchi
  • Lili Jones

TEAM OF THE YEAR   
SPONSORED BY COLEG SIR GAR

Male or female team who have achieved success at a high level within their sport.

  • Sosban Road Runners
  • Llanelli Indoor Bowls
  • Ammanford Cricket 1st XI

YOUNG TEAM OF THE YEAR    
SPONSORED BY T.A.D. BUILDERS LTD

Male or female Junior team competing within the junior category of the sport who have achieved success at a high level within their sport.

  • Johnstown Jewels U14’s
  • Burry Port Youth
  • Carmarthen Wanderers Cricket Club

SPORTS CLUB OF THE YEAR 

Awarded to a club that is affiliated to the National Governing Body. We are looking for clubs that proactively offers all members within the club (players, coaches, volunteers, officials) an opportunity to develop. Clubs that have made a significant impact on developing their sport through community engagement, promotion and fundraising.

  • CAHC
  • Merlins Netball
  • Teigrod Tywi

THE RYAN JONES MEMORIAL AWARD FOR 
OUTSTANDING SERVICES TO SPORT 

Life Time Achievement Award. Male or female of any age, must be a serving member of a club in the Carmarthenshire area.  This category is restricted to volunteers only. We are looking for an individual who has dedicated over 20 years to improving sport within their community/organisation, from coaching, officiating, administrative roles to washing the kit, preparing refreshments or general maintenance of the club.

SPORTING HALL OF FAME (CLOSED ENTRY)

Athletes, coaches and volunteers can be nominated for more than one award.

Those eligible must either:

  • have been born in the County,
  • be currently resident in the County or
  • be representing a County Club or School
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International record-breaking stunt driver booked for Superprix of Wales

Posted By Robert Lloyd

International stunt driver Terry Grant will be bringing his spectacular show to the brand new Superprix of Wales at the Parc y Scarlets rugby stadium in Llanelli.

The high-octane Superprix of Wales motorsport extravaganza comes to Llanelli on the weekend of June 7-9 next year.

Terry is one of a number of big name attractions being announced over the coming weeks.

Stars of the world of Formula 1 racing will be announced as the line-up is assembled for an action-packed weekend of wonders at Parc y Scarlets.

Stunt driver Terry is the holder of numerous Guinness World Records.

This year, he smashed his own world speed record for driving a car on two wheels over a measured mile – in a time of just 2 minutes 24.5 seconds!

The Terry Grant life story is full of daredevil stunts.

With both parents representing the UK in various motorsports, it was little wonder that Terry Grant found himself behind the bars of his first motorbike at a mere five years old.

In 1995 Terry dipped his toes in the pool of stunt performing by promising the producer of BBC’s “Children in Need” that he could perform a TV friendly spectacle with F1 ace Johnny Herbert.

The hook was the part where Terry promised to leap from the moving car, and get back in. Something no-one had ever attempted before . . . and certainly not on live TV!

With an incredible 23 world records later under his belt, Terry is widely regarded as one of the greatest performers in the business.

He constantly changes both his act and cars to keep audiences flocking back for more.

Terry has performed at some of the most prestigious events on the global motorsport calendar – from the Race Of Champions in Paris, World Rallycross in places as far flung as Argentina, to the London Motorshow and the TV studio of Guiness World Records in Madrid.

Terry has worked for the cream of manufacturers, including General Motors, Saab, Vauxhall, Nissan and TVR.

Earlier this year, Grant told the BBC’s Top Gear – 

“My very first driving experience was when I was eight years old. I was on the road, and my dad was sitting next to me. It was in a big, old Rover – not sure of the model – and I couldn’t sit on the seat because I wasn’t big enough.

“So, I used to do the steering, and when I changed gear I lifted myself up using the steering wheel, put my 
foot on the clutch and changed gear, so I was standing all the time. We got stopped by the police, and the policeman couldn’t believe it at first. He told my dad off a lot more than me!

“I was in my early 20s when I started racing cars. I used to mess about while I was doing it – do a few donuts, a bit of drifting. And those were the days before drifting was even called drifting. I kind of got a bit of a name for myself. So one thing led to another, and I was asked to do a display. And it just went on from there. In the end I just gave up racing, because I was too busy, and now I’ve been doing this for many, many, many years.”

The organisers of the brand new Superprix of Wales have given the ‘Green for Go’ to start online ticket sales for next summer’s big event at the Parc y Scarlets rugby stadium.

Event promoter Tim Matthews said at his Llanelli HQ this week that Terry Grant would be just one of a number of star attractions at the high-octane Superprix of Wales motorsport extravaganza.

He added: “Ticket sales are live online via our website and Ticketmaster. There’s just 28 weeks to go before what will be a world first – a unique blend of Rugby Union and international motorsport at Parc y Scarlets. This will be a truly unique event and we are hoping for sell-out crowds throughout the weekend.”

Tickets for the Superprix of Wales for the 7th, 8th, 9th June 2019 are also on sale through the Parc y Scarlets ticket office on 01554 292939.

You can find out more about the Superprix of Wales on the following website –

Twitter:

@SuperprixW 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/superprix.wales/

Instagram:

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Buy local and support county’s small businesses

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Shoppers are being urged to buy local and support Carmarthenshire’s wealth of small, independent retailers this weekend.

December 1 is Small Business Saturday, a nationwide campaign to support and promote the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses.

Carmarthenshire has a thriving small business community with some of the best food and drink producers in Wales and a variety of traders selling quality products and unique gifts in towns and villages up and down the county.

In November, the Small Business Saturday bus tour rolled into Carmarthen – one of just 30 locations chosen across the UK – as part of the official countdown to December 1.

Council Leader Emlyn Dole, who is responsible for economic development, is backing the campaign and he is hoping people will get behind the message.

He said: “The council is committed to supporting new and existing businesses in Carmarthenshire with the aim of helping to create new jobs and improving the local economy.

“Small Business Saturday is a great way of making people think about where they buy their goods from and hopefully encourage them to buy from local, independent traders.

“We are very fortunate to have a large range of small businesses here in Carmarthenshire and it is important that we support them as they are the backbone of our local economy. Hopefully once people see the range and quality of products available, they will continue to buy from these businesses throughout the year.”

  • The council has just launched a pilot initiative to support traders during quieter times with periods of free parking in council-run short stay car parks, for more information visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales and click on Travel, Roads & Parking. This is in addition to the five free parking days the council offers town centres every year. You can also park in Llanelli’s multi-storey car for just £1 all day every Saturday until January 12, which is in partnership with Ymlaen Llanelli.
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The latest Phil Evans column

Posted By Robert Lloyd

Comedian Phil Evans is from Ammanford. He is known as the man who puts the ‘cwtsh’ into comedy. This column appears in the South Wales Evening Post, Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star. Website – www.philevans.co.uk

…………………………

THE TOLERANT TOLERATE THE INTOLERANCE OF THE INTOLERANT!

I’m outraged. 

I’m bursting to bring the world’s attention to an important issue that reallyannoys me.

I’ll be contacting all the TV and radio stations, demanding I’m allowed – without being confronted by any counter argument – to air my valid grievance.

I intend to do this . . . as soon as I find something thatreallyannoys me.

Well, everyone else is doing it, so why not me?

Regularly, watching breakfast TV, the milk on my cornflakes quickly becomes soured by the sight of some deadbeat I’ve never heard of, speaking on behalf of their half-baked organisation or ‘Think Tank’ (I’ve only just learned to ‘Think Bike!, let alone Think Tank!)that disapproves of something that 99% of us have never considered to be a problem.

They loudly point out that we 99% are terrible people because something that gets theirgoat doesn’t get ours. 

Mine, incidentally, is happily roaming free in a field just outside Ammanford.

Although their pontificating should make my blood boil, my usual reaction is to wonder where their funding comes from, shrug my shoulders and put some fresh milk on my cornflakes.

Sainsbury’s customer magazine recently included a Persian recipe to introduce flavours to their customers that they may not have enjoyed before. 

The ingredients also included some Indian items.

Inclusivity anddiversity in one meal, you might think.

Not so. One angry British Iranian wrote to the boss of Sainsbury’s, demanding an apology because treating Iranian and Indian ingredients as virtually indistinguishable was ‘Casual, lazy racism and abhorrent’.

The dictionary definition of ‘abhorrent’is…

Inspiring disgust andloathing’

While there are many appalling things going on in this world that deserve to be described as abhorrent, I honestly don’t think a recipe containing a few incorrect ingredients deserves that description.

I’m just a comedian, but I think the world would be a much calmer place if, instead of appearing so eager to take offence, more people just shrugged their shoulders and poured fresh milk on their cornflakes.

…………………. 

Cold snap:

I don’t know about you, but over the past couple of days I’ve had some trouble warming up.

At this rate I will be digging out the thermal underwear garments which have been hidden away up until now following last winter’s holiday. 

On Saturday evening, I couldn’t help but notice that the majority of the punters frequenting Wind Street in Swansea were wearing next to nothing.

Yes – bare legs and flimsy tops and certainly no fur coats.

And the women were just as bad!

Don’t get me wrong, extremely fashion conscious, but zero practicality. 

It’s now dawned on me that I’m at an age where comfort and practicality takes precedent over fashion.

Boring to some, I know, but I’d rather be warm and happy than cold and miserable. 

Please don’t say that I’m alone on this? 

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You can follow Phil Evans on Twitter @philevanswales and www.philevans.co.uk

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

Posted By Robert Lloyd

It’s time for one of the highlights of the West Wales concert calendar – Côr Meibion Llanelli Male Voice Choir’s annual festive special.

‘Christmas With The Choir’ will be held at 7pm on Saturday, December 1, at Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli.

The choir’s special guests will be Burry Port Town Band and the St John Lloyd School Choir.

“It promises to be a very special evening,’ said Côr Meibion Llanelli chairman Tony Crossman.

“It’s been another busy year for the choir and the Christmas concert is regarded as our grand finale for 2018.

“The choristers are in fine voice and we are looking forward to being joined on stage by our guests.”

Côr Meibion Llanelli probably need no introduction for followers of the concert scene in West Wales.

It would take a fairly hefty book to summarise the achievements of the choir over a history spanning 54 years.

But there are some keynote events . . . 

Côr Meibion Llanelli was formed in the village of Bynea under the baton of the late Denver Phillips BA. in 1964.

The choir’s longest-serving music director is the present holder of the baton, D Eifion Thomas, who has helped the choir grow in stature and strength to become one of the leading male choirs in Britain.

They have been successful at all the major choral competitions that Wales has to offer. The honours list includes five National Eisteddfod first prizes – at Lampeter in 1984, Fishguard in 1986, Llandeilo in 1996, Bridgend in 1998 and Llanelli in 2000.

The roll-call of wins also records seven firsts at the Miners Eisteddfod at Porthcawl, six firsts at Cardigan and three Pontrhydfendigaid Eisteddfodau. The choir was successful in winning the Corwen Choral Competition at its first attempt in 1987.

The Llanelli Male Choir has graced many leading auditoriums and concert halls in the land – London’s Royal Albert Hall and Festival Hall, Birmingham’s Town and Symphony Halls, Oxford Town Hall, Plymouth’s Guild Hall, The MacRoberts Centre at Stirling, as well as Cardiff’s St David’s Hall and Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.

Cathedrals have also featured high on the choir’s touring list – Coventry, Bury St Edmunds, Wells, Brecon, Gloucester, St David’s and Llandaff cathedrals have been concert venues, as well as Westminster Abbey.

The choir has travelled extensively throughout the world – Germany, Canada, USA. France, Ireland, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand. The choristers have raised thousands of pounds for charities such as Cancer and Leukaemia Research, The Red Cross, Heart Foundation and Tenovus as well as local charities and school groups. The choir’s future is secure and their motto of “Ymlaen Llanelli” will surely hold the choristers in good stead for another 50 years! The choir rehearses twice weekly on Monday and Thursday evenings at Furnace Community Hall, 7pm start. Visitors and new members are welcome.

This year, the choir’s musical director, D Eifion Thomas, has celebrated 43 years as Music Director of Côr Meibion Llanelli, having initially served as Accompanist to the Choir from 1965 until 1974 under the direction of founder-conductor Denver Phillips.

Mr Thomas has had the honour also of conducting the North American Welsh Societies National Gymanfa Ganu on five occasions – Vancouver (1980), Victoria, Canada (1990), Seattle (1994), and San Jose (2001).

His expertise in the field of choral performance has been recognised by the National Eisteddfod of Wales by inviting him to be one of three music adjudicators at the 2003 Eisteddfod in Meifod, and the 2011 Eisteddfod in Wrexham.

As a result of his work in the sphere of music in the community, Mr Thomas has been awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International and been inducted into the highest level of Wales’s Bardic Circle in 2007.

In 1998, Mr Thomas was the guest conductor at the London Welsh Festival of 1000 Male Voices, and was guest soloist at the Festival in 1994, 1996, 2000, and 2002.

In 2000, Mr Thomas was the conductor of the National Eisteddfod Choir when that Festival was held in Llanelli, and the Eisteddfod Choir’s singing under his direction at the Gymanfa Ganu of the anthem “Dyn A Aned O Wraig” still remains as one of the most memorable occasions in the Eisteddfod’s history.

Mr Thomas is a fine tenor soloist in his own right, and has appeared as soloist in performances of Handel’s “Messiah”, Haydn’s “Creation”, and “Mass in Time of War”, Stainer’s “Crucifiction”, Maunder’s “Olivet to Calvary”, Coleridge-Taylor’s “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast”, and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” and “Lobegesang”.

The choir will be accompanied on stage by pianist Aled Maddock.

Mr Maddock attended Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera before graduating in Music at Bangor University. He is a former pupil of Madame Eileen Gethin-Jones and the Czech pianist Jana Frenklova.

After graduating in 1990, Mr Maddock was appointed as Musical Director of Craig y Nos Castle where he was responsible for arranging numerous musical events held at the famous Patti Theatre. During this time, he also began his association as accompanist with Neath and District Ladies Choir, Côr Meibion Onllwyn who performed with Côr Meibion Llanelli at the Brit Awards at Alexandra Palace and Bryncoch Male Voice Choir.

He was appointed Musical Director of Tonna Male Voice Choir in 1998 a post he held until 2002 forming his own mixed choir “Côr Al” in the Swansea Valley.

He has conducted the popular S4C religious programme “Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol” on several occasions from Ystradgynlais, Resolven, Ystalyfera and the Christmas service broadcast from St David’s Church Neath in 2015.

After obtaining his PGCE in 1994, Mr Maddock was appointed to his current post as Head of Music at his former school Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera. He is particularly proud of the musical achievements of many past pupils, some of which grace our TV screens and concert halls throughout the world. He has toured extensively with the performing arts faculty visiting Canada, South Africa, Malaysia and Singapore and has been Musical Director for two Urdd National Youth Productions, the most memorable being the revival of the Rock Opera “Jiwdas” which was performed in the open air in the ruins of the former Gnoll estate in Neath.

Tickets for Saturday’s Côr Meibion Llanelli concert are available from the Ffwrnes Theatre box office or from the Theatrau Sir Gar website.

In other concert news, here are a few of the events coming up in the next few weeks – 

  • Ammanford and District Choral Society, conductor Mrs Indeg Thomas, are celebrating Christmas at Christian Temple Chapel Hall in Ammanford on Sunday, December 9, at 7pm. Soloist Huw-Ynyr Evans, presenter Mr Edwin Williams and accompanists Mrs Gloria Lloyd and Miss Catrin Edwards. Admission £5.
  • Llandybie Male Voice Choir and Dinefwr Choir are presenting an evening of Carols and Readings on Friday, December 14 (7pm) at Llandybie Parish Church. Entry is Free, but a collection will be made at the end. By the way, Llandybie Male Voice Choir are in need of a Musical Director. Anyone who can help is asked to email Howard Beynon – howsonk@btinternet.com
  • On Saturday December 15 Cor Merched Tybie will be holding their Christmas concert at Llandybie Rugby Club from 7pm.
  • The Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers and Angelicus Celtis are staging ‘The Magic of Christmas’ at 7pm on Saturday, December 8, at St Catherine’s Church, Gorseinon. And the following week (Saturday, December 15) they will be staging ‘Christmas Fantasia’ at Llanelli’s Ffwrnes Theatre (curtain up at 7pm).
  • Llandyfaelog-based Côr Meibion Dyffryn Tywi are looking forward to their Christmas events. They include – Tuesday 11th December, Glanmorfa Care Home, Kidwelly, 6.30pm. Thursday 13 December, Towy Castle, 6.30pm. Tuesday 18th December, Red Lion, Llandyfaelog, 7pm. Thursday 20th December, Gwernllwyn Care Home, 6.30pm.
  • There’s a special concert coming up in December to raise funds for Burry Port Lifeboat Station. ‘Christmas by Candlelight will feature Elin Manahan Thomas, Gary Griffiths and Osian Wyn Bowen. It is being held at St Mary’s Church, Burry Port, on Saturday, December 22 (7pm). Tickets for the Burry Port concert are £15 and are available from Cadno Travel or from the following phone numbers – 07795415411 and 07900893150.
  • Llanelli District Music and Drama Club have a special evening at the Lliedi Suite, Selwyn Samuel Centre on Friday, November 30 (7.30pm). They will be presenting A Fine Romance, with Tony Jacobs and Catherine Sykes and Jim Barry at the piano. The evening will feature music and songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. Tickets are £10 (students £5) and are available from Barrie Lewis, Market Precinct, Llanelli, phone 01554-772594 or at the door.
  • Crwbin Silver Band Christmas Concert will be at Pontyberem Hall on Friday, December 14 (7pm). The concert will also feature Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth choir and wind band. Tickets are £8 (children £5) and will be available at the door or from band members.
  • The West End At Christmas will be at The Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen on December 18.
  • The Kidwelly Festival Ladies Choir will be performing at a Grand Christmas Concert and Vintage Fashion Show at Carmarthen Museum, Abergwili, on December 15 (6pm). Tickets are £10 adults and £5 children.
  • On Saturday, December 9, Burry Port Town Band will be holding their annual Christmas concert the Memorial Hall in Burry Port, 7pm start. The concert will also feature Burry Port Junior Band, Father Christmas and special guests. Congratulations are also due to the band for winning the 2018 First Section Welsh League Championship title and the Ruby Protheroe Memorial Trophy at the SEWBBA Cardiff Contest.

Robert Lloyd works as a media consultant – www.rlloydpr.co.uk

If you have any news about the choral scene in Llanelli, the please contact him on 07777 683637 or email rlloydpr@btinternet.com

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