Bancffosfelen & Crwbin
yng nghlwb golff Glynhir pan y bydd y cyfreithwr o Landeilo, Elfan Bell, yn brif westai. Beth am ymuno â ni? Ceir manylion pellach wrth ysgrifennydd Elfryn Thomas (01269 593679) neu ar elfryn. [email protected]internet.com
Art exhibition and craft fair Join us for a Christmas art exhibition and craft fair with Amman Valley Art Group and Friends at Saron Hall on Saturday and Sunday. As well as the excellent exhibition, there will be crafts, cards, raffle, tea and cake, and plenty of Christmas gifts available. For a selling table, please contact Anne or Zoe on 07922 541697 or 07400 291058 or email zoe[email protected]mail.com; entry is free. Carol service A Christmas Carol service will be held at Capel yr Hendre, Capel Hendre, on Tuesday at 2pm. There will be mince pies and tea served following the service.
Penygroes Senior Citizens Who were looking forward to their day outing to Ross on Wye, now look forward to their annual Christmas dinner, which will be held at the King’s Head on December 13; more details from Marian (01269 842422).
Mulled wine and mince pie evening Petals Garden Centre, Tycroes, will be hosting their popular annual mulled wine and mince pie evening on Wednesday, December 5, from 5pm till 9.30pm. There will be 10 percent off all purchases on the evening, with a raffle, all proceeds going towards the Old Mill Foundation. There will also be a singalong with Llandybie Ladies’ Choir, and a coffee shop selling hot drinks, cakes and more. More details are available from 01269 596388.
Bereavement Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of a former resident of Betws, Marion Morris. Marion, formerly of Woodlands Park, passed away peacefully at Plas y Bryn, Cwmgwili, on November 7. The widow of the late Des Morris, she was a loving mother of Arfon and Alun, a dear mother-in-law, grandmother and great-gran. The funeral was on November 19 at Llanelli Crematorium.
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Sporting equipment available Ysgol y Bedol would be very grateful if anyone would support them by voting for them at Tesco, Ammanford, throughout November and December. Potentially, the school could get as much as £3,000, which would go towards sporting kit. Christmas fair Ysgol y Bedol’s annual Christmas fair will be held tomorrow from 3pm to 5.45pm at the main school hall, with mulled wine, hot dogs, turkey rolls, crafts and stalls, face painting, cakes and hot drinks, festive games, plus Christmas carols and Santa in his grotto. Entry is £1 (raffle), children free. Anyone who would like to have a stall, please call Maricela on 07817 407577.
Cwmamman Senior Citizens Will meet on Thursday at the Community Centre, High Street, Glanaman, between 2pm and 4pm. The branch extends its sympathy to one of our members, Mair Brown, following the sad passing away of her husband Vic. We are also thinking of Ann Jones, of Ceidrim Road, whose husband John Neville is unwell at present. Many thanks to those who continue to bring raffle donations and help with the tea.
Christ Church, Garnant Sunday service every week, at 9.30am.
Yn y capeli Dydd Sul: Bethel Newydd, Garnant: Walford Morris, Brynaman (bore); Calfaria, Garnant: John Talfryn Jones (3yp).
Baby group A baby group is held at Garnant Family Centre at Maesybedol every Thursday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm for babies aged up to 18 months, which includes baby play and baby crafts. Call 825941 for more details.
Disco and switch-on The Christmas lights in Glanaman will be switched on this Sunday at 5pm,with a disco at the community centre to follow.
Panto time! It’s panto time (oh,yes it is) at the community centre, Glanaman, this Friday with Sleeping Beauty starting at 6pm; entry is £5. Centre update A new dance school started at the community centre, Glanaman on Tuesday. Meanwhile,a new sewing class began on November 22, while an extra tai chi class will be beginning on December 11. Plus, all the other regular classes continue please contact centre manager Elin Rees for any further information on 07971 522906. Bereavement A well-known Glanaman man from a very well-established and respected local family, Walter Wyn Roberts, of Maesybont, passed away peacefully following a short illness,at Amman Valley Hospital on November 17 at the age of 77. Walter was one of eight children born to the late Ieuan and Hannah Maud Roberts, born and bred at Maesgrenig, Glanaman. Before his retirement, Walter Wyn was employed at the Betws Colliery old and new mines. Deepest condolences are expressed all the family on their loss.
Clwb yr Aman events Amman United RFC’s annual Christmas dinner will be on December 15. Please see Eleanor Templeton for tickets. The Amman Juniors’ Christmas party will be held on December 16. Looking ahead, on December 22, the first XV squad will have their annual Christmas jumper day, with a turkey shoot. Boxing Day December 26 is again charity day, with a past versus present match, followed by a great artist in the clubhouse (Chris Summerill), plus an auction.
Birthday news Very best wishes to Veronica Jones, Cwmamman Road, Garnant, who will be 81 years young tomorrow. Also to Gwenda Davies, also of Cwmamman Road, who celebrates her 83rd birthday on Sunday.
Children in Need total Well done to Ysgol y Bedol, who managed to raise the sum of £401.09 for Pudsey Bear and Children in Need this year; well done all and many thanks to everone for their support.
Charity quiz night Amman United RFC will be hosting a charity quiz night on Thursday, December 6, from 7pm, all proceeds towards Worldwide Cancer Research; entry £1 per player, with a raffle, refreshments, plus some fantastic prizes. Many thanks to all the local companies for their support and for donating prizes.
Bereavement It was so sad to hear of the passing away of a well-known, popular and respected Garnant man, Victor Brown. Vic, of Vicarage Road, Twyn, died peacefully at Glangwili Hospital on November 14 at the age of 87. Vic had formerly worked at Abernant Colliery as a pit head overman. Later, after its closure, he, along with his wife of 46 years, Mair, served as stewards at Blaenau Rugby Club, and then similarly at Palleg Golf Club. A real gent in every sense of the word, he will be sadly missed. Deepest sympathy to Mair, his sons, and all the family on their loss.
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Bereavement Janet Humphries, of Leyshon Road, Gwaun-cae-Gurwen, has sadly passed away, peacefully on November 5. Our deepest sympathy is expressed to all the family, her husband Gerald and children Jason, Dorothy and Melanie. Janet was also a dear mother-in-law of Michelle and Huw, loving “Mam” of Nadine, Ffion, Cory, Steffan and Callum, and a dear sister of Pat, Tony, Terry and the late Stephen. The funeral was on November 16 at Llanelli Crematorium.
Llanfair Church,Cwmgors service held weekly at 11am.
Annual Christmas craft fair Y Lolfa Llyfrgell Gymunedol will be holding their annual Christmas craft fair and Santa’s grotto on Saturday between 2pm and 4pm. Book your table now.
Bristol shopping trip GCG School PTA’s shopping trip to Bristol will be on Saturday, cost £15, leaving the school at 8am. Anyone interested is asked to give their names to any PTA member. Christmas fair Ysgol Gwaun-caeGurwen’s annual Christmas fair will be held on Wednesday, December 6, between 3.20pm and 5pm. Anyone who would like to have a stall, please contact Sunday Helen Spedding or message the PTA’s Facebook page.
Christmas party Lots of Tots Nursery hold their Christmas party at Tai’rgwaith Hall on Friday from 6.30pm to 8pm,with entertainment, hot dogs etc plus a visit from Santa.
Community coffee afternoon Ysgol Gymraeg Gwaun cae Gurwen will be hosting an open coffee afternoon for the whole community on Friday, December 21.
Live music date The Mount Bar and Grill will have live music on Friday, December 7, courtesy of Georgia Fearn, from 8.30pm.
Christmas fete Tai’rgwaith Primary School hosts its annual Christmas fete on Tuesday at the school, Llwyncelyn Road, Tai’rgwaith, between 5pm and 8pm. Numerous stalls,refreshments, a raffle, face painting etc, plus Santa in his grotto. Gwaun-cae-Gurwen OAP Branch Will be holding their December monthly meeting at the Community Hall on Wednesday, December 5, when the youngsters from Band Ieuenctid y Waun will be entertaining us.
Children in Need funds Ysgol Gymraeg Gwaun-cae-Gurwen welcomed Pudsey Bear to the school on November 16 and from their fundraising efforts, managed to raise £185.84 for Children in Need this year; da iawn, bawb! Christmas concert Gwaun-caeGurwen Band will be hosting their annual Christmas concert on Saturday, December 15, at Cwmgors Rugby Club at 7pm. Also performing will be the GCG Junior Band, GCG Beginners, plus special guests Cor Waunarlwydd, for a festive concert full of wonderful music. Tickets are £5, available in advance (children free).
Pupils create Christmas cards Ysgol y Waun are selling Christmas cards this year, with designs created by the pupils themselves and using a professional printing company. Each card depicts six pictures, with five A5 cards in each pack, at £2.50 each. All proceeds are to the School Council. Any support to this very enterprising project by the pupils would be very much appreciated.
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Crwbin Silver Band Under musical director Craig Roberts the band is preparing for this Saturday’s South East Wales Brass Band Association contest in Cardiff. The test piece is Oceans by Goff Richards. The Silver Band have two concerts in Pontyberem Memorial Hall leading up to Christmas. On December 8 they are guest performers alongside Britain’s Got Talent winner Gruffydd Wyn, Ysgol Pontyberem and Cor Llanddarog a’r Cylch from at 7pm. On Friday, December 14, the band holds its Christmas concert with Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth pupils in the Memorial Hall from 7pm. Ticket details available from the hall reception desk on 01269 871075.
Cymdeithas Hanes Cwm Gwendraeth To join the Welsh local history society or to find out more please contact Rhian on 01269 871209.
Yoga Club Meets in the Memorial Hall on Thursdays: First session from 10.30am; second session from 11.45am.
Library Opening times are Mondays 10am to noon; Wednesdays 10am to 1pm and 4pm to 7pm. Users can borrow up to 10 books while there is free internet access during library opening hours. DVDs can be rented.
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British Legion headquarters The Legion building is to open downstairs for bingo, but you may wish to check in advance. Usually at 8pm. Admission 50p, last bingo books 7.50pm.
Winter carnival and fair On Friday at 6pm the parade will leave the Plas-y-Mor complex and make its way to the Memorial Gardens Burry Port for the switching on of the Christmas lights and carol singing. This will be followed by the Christmas fair in the Memorial Hall with various stalls and refreshments. The children will be able to meet Santa. Entry £1 for adults and children. This is organised by the Pembrey and Burry Port Carnival Committee.
Christmas fair This is hosted by the Methodist Church with entrance via the Leslie Griffiths Centre on Glanmor Terrace, Burry Port, SA16 0NE on Saturday, December 8, from 10am until 3pm. Free entrance and meet Santa is also free. Coffee and mince pies will be served for which we would welcome donations. There will be various stalls. Proceeds will be shared between the Methodist Church and SSAFA (the Armed Forces charity). Probus Club The Burry Port and Pembrey club met recently. The guest speaker was Ray Howells with a talk entitled Sights of Sospan. With the aid of some interesting photographs he showed how Llanelli has changed over a period of 30 to 40 years. His talk was well received by all members. A vote of thanks was given by the president David Owens. The next meeting at the Ashburnham Hotel is on Wednesday, December 5.
Art exhibition Audrey Ranson and Hilary Smith of Burry Port Art group are exhibiting their paintings and textile work in the Harbour Light tearoom at Burry Port harbour until the end of January 2019. The tearoom is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm but closed Monday and Tuesday.
Hatha Yoga classes These are held at the Leslie Griffiths Centre at the English Methodist Church in Glanmor Terrace on Monday evenings at 5.30pm and 7pm. Suitable for all abilities and includes healing meditation. £7 a session or £30 for five sessions. Enquiries to Emma on 07723 322400.
Friends of Tenovus Cancer Care The Pembrey and Burry Port friends have a Meet with Us group on Tuesday from 6.30pm to 8pm in the Red Lion Inn, Pembrey. Come along and meet our friends group for a cuppa, a chat and maybe join our volunteer list and help us put the fun in fundraising. Refreshments and a raffle available. For more information contact Angela at: pembrey burryporttenovus[email protected] We are also holding our Christmas coffee morning at St Mary’s Church, Burry Port, on Monday at 10.30am. Entry £2 includes a raffle ticket.
Ty Golau Group This is a health and wellbeing group for people with slight memory problems, Alzheimer’s/ dementia-type illnesses and meets every Wednesday at Mynyddygarreg Community Hall from 10.30am to noon. Contact Janet Lewis, manager, on 01554 890896.
Dads’ group Only Men Allowed dads’ group, with new staff member Ken, every Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm at the Burry Port Family Centre in the Old Junior School, Stepney Road, Burry Port. These sessions are open to male parents, step-parents, guardians and carers from the locality. For further information contact 01554 834063.
Photographic society Pembrey and Burry Port Photographic Society meet every Wednesday at 7.30pm. Full details www.pembrey-burryport-ps.co.uk or by calling 07974 001049.
Family centre activities There are a variety of trips and outings. Please find us on Facebook Burry Port Family Centre and like our page or ring us on 01554 834063. Cefn Sidan U3A Meetings in December include Sunday, Sunday Lunch at the Whitford at 2pm. Monday at 10.30am is the yoga group cost £2 per session. Tuesday is the committee meeting at 10.30am and the film group at 2pm showing White Christmas. Wednesday, December 5, is the whist group in Plas y Mor at 2.30pm. Friday, December 7, is Papercraft at Diane’s at 10.30am. Please note the cycling group is suspended until spring. Monday, December 10, at 10am work on the station garden (or next dry Monday in the month) and the quiz group at 2.15pm in Plas y Mor. Tuesday, December 11, at 2pm is the craft and art group (bring your own craft). Wednesday, December 12, at 11am to noon is the coffee morning. Monday, December 17, at 10.30am is the yoga group cost £2 per session and the main meeting at 2pm is the Christmas tea party. Tuesday, December 18, at 10.30am is the Welsh history group quiz and the short walk group are having Christmas tea at Daisy’s at 2pm. Thursday, December 20, the luncheon club are at the Caulfields at 12.30pm. The drama group, the Silver Screen cinema trip, the long walk and the Welsh conversation on Friday, December 28, are all cancelled due to the Christmas holiday. There is Welsh conversation every Friday afternoon at 2pm except on the 28th. Meetings usually take place in the Memorial Hall annexe and the Plas y Mor complex except the walking and lunch groups. Call Chris on 01554 834232 or Heulwen on 833651.
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Capel Seion Oedfa Gymun am 10.30yb yng Nghapel Seion dydd Sul gyda’n parchus weinidog yn gwasanaethu. Os bydd unrhyw newid yn y trefniant yma byddwn yn cyhoeddi ar y Sul cynt ac yn gosod hysbyseb yn y mannau priodol. Cinema The film showing at the Cross Hands Cinema on Friday, Monday and Tuesday will be Johnny English Strikes Again (Cert. PG). Doors open at 6.30pm with film starting at 7pm. As a result of local schools booking the hall for Christmas stage events, the hall and cinema will be closed from December 7 to 11.
Growing the Future The Growing the Future project is an exciting initiative being run by the National Botanic Garden of Wales to design and deliver good quality horticultural training opportunities for the community, within the community. On Wednesday, December 5, from 10am to 2pm there is a course on introduction to candle dipping. In 2019 there will be beekeeping taster courses from April to August. For further information, please contact the education department, National Botanic Garden, Llanarthne, SA32 8HN.
Gorslas Lighting the tree and fireworks display on December 6 from 6pm onwards at Gorslas Square. Carol singing by pupils of Gorslas Primary School; fireworks display in the park; mulled wine and mince pies in Tafarn y Phoenix.
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Plygain Cofiwch am wasanaeth y Plygain yn Horeb ar noswyl y Nadolig am 7 o’r gloch. Y pregethwr gwadd fydd y Parchedig Eirian Wyn ac yn dilyn y bregeth bydd Cymun Bendigaid. Ceir solo hefyd gan Catrina Mary Jones, cantores o fri (merch Nanette). Croeso i bawb yn Horeb i’r oedfa arbennig yma. Christmas carol service There will be a service of carol singing at St Teilo’s Church on December 2. Leading the singing will be the well-known Ioan Hefin Evans. The service will begin at 7pm. A warm welcome to join in with this very popular service showing us what Christmas really means.
Bingo Sessions will be held on Wednesdays in future at Clwb Rygbi Mynyddygarreg, Parc Gwenllian, at 7pm for 7.30pm. The next session will take place on December 12. The caller will be, as usual, Mr Fred Smith, life member of Clwb Rygbi Mynyddygarreg. Once again, a warm welcome to attend.
Happy birthday Celebrating a very important birthday this week was Mrs Avril Morris, of Ty Velindre. We wish her a happy birthday and a speedy return to better health.
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100th birthday On Friday, November 16, Phylis Amelia Mary Jones, Brandyway, with family and friends, celebrated her 100th birthday. Mrs Jones lives with her son and daughter-in-law, Algwyne and Eunice, together with Andrea, her granddaughter. Phylis and family were delighted with the handsome royal centenary birthday card from the Queen. A RECENT “brave the shave” event held at Tafarn Tanerdy in Carmarthen boosted the coffers of Macmillan Cancer Care by the sum of £643.
One of the staff at the pub, Nicola Lewis, decided to support the charity as her uncle is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, and is losing his hair.
Even though the side effects of the treatment can be really debilitating, her uncle always has a smile on his face and has a positive attitude towards his illness.
Nicola decided to have her hair cut by Amy, another member of the pub’s staff, in order that her uncle did not feel alone in his situation. She hopes they both will be re-growing their hair together.
Earlier this month Sue Reece and Sarah Russell-Saw, representing Macmillan, accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity from Nicola.
Pictured, from left, are Alan Hire (manager), Sue Reece (fundraising manager, West Wales), Nicola Lewis, Sarah Russell-Saw (local information and support officer) and Barry Hendy (deputy manager). Armistice centenary On Sunday afternoon, November 11, an audience exceeding 200 filled the Memorial Hall to pay tribute to the local 42 fallen and 70-plus survivors of the First World War. An exhibition of photographs of local serving men, some unknown, letters and lists were displayed thanks to the public response for information. On the big screen a series of images of the young men who fought were displayed. During the afternoon one initially unknown soldier was identified as Private Henry Duggan who had been referred to by speaker Richard Selwood; sadly Henry died in Gaza, Palestine, in March 1917, aged 22. Rapturous applause were given when a postcard of Lance Bombardier John Daniels, awarded the Military Medal, written by him over 100 years ago, was a surprise item presented to his daughter Awen. Performances by Bancffosfelen and Pontyberem school pupils together with written personal experiences of the fighting volunteers, particularly from 20-year-old Johnny Jones, read by Yvonne Lewis, were moving. Thanks to all who donated to the West Wales War Memorial Online. An archive of the local First World War materials compiled for the event are to be lodged in Pontyberem Hall Library. Church services St John’s Dydd Sul Cymun Bendigaid 9.30am; Wednesday Eucharist 9.00am. Eglwys y Groes Sunday Mass 8.30am, Friday Mass 9.30am. Santa in the village hall On Friday, November 30, Santa Claus will be in the Memorial Hall for switching on Christmas tree lights, handing out a gift to each child after they have a told him what they would like for Christmas. Children’s disco a highlight. From 6pm to 8pm. Further details from the Memorial Hall reception desk on 01269 871075.
Grotto Sion Corn Yn y Cwtsh, Menter, Heol Nant Y Glo, grotto Sion Corn am Dydd Sadwrn, Rhagfyr 1, a Dydd Sadwrn, Rhagfyr 8; £4 y plentyn. Am fwy o wybodaeth cysylltwch âg Aled ar 01269 871600.
Christmas pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk is this year’s pantomime at Pontyberem Memorial Hall on Friday, December 7. Performance, in English, starts at 6.30pm. Tickets £4 per person, family ticket (for two adults and three children) £16, inquiries and ticket office