Our future entertainers
For those of you who watch the Council meeting webcasts, at the January meeting you will have seen and heard Hendy Primary School Choir singing an original carol. The Choir took part in S4Cs Prynhawn Da annual ‘Carol yr Wŷl’ competition. This is a competition for primary schools in Wales where a member of staff of the school has to compose an original carol. Around 30 schools competed, with the 10 best going forward to be filmed for the programme. Although Hendy has been in the top ten for the last three years, this is the first time they have won the competition. Hendy is a small school compared to other schools that took part, and we are very proud of the school. The words and tune were composed by Mrs Sian Lloyd, Year Two Teacher in the School. Unfortunately, I did not have an opportunity that day to meet the Choir, so instead arranged to visit the School at the beginning of February. It is so pleasing to see how our young children are progressing in their education, and my thanks go to the staff for all their hard work. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of these pupils entertaining us in the future.
During the second week of February, I had the privilege of being invited by Capel Dewi Community Association to speak to the group about my 40 year career in politics. It brought back a lot of memories, and I can’t believe how quickly that time has gone.
A couple of days later, I visited Llandeilo Fire Station, where staff undertook a 22 hour cycle to raise funds for Australia’s Llandilo Rural Fire Brigade, who have been working tirelessly to battle the devastating bush fires in Australia. The town was named after Llandilo Fawr in Carmarthenshire before the name was changed to Llandeilo. 22 hours represents the time it takes to fly to Australia. Whilst I was there, they had a number of ‘shouts’ because of the severe weather we’re experiencing, so as well as fundraising, they also had to carry on their usual work.
The following week, I attended the official launch of the Tool Shed in Llanelli. This project is the first tool lending library in Carmarthenshire and will loan tools to working families with little disposable income, as well as providing workshops on DIY and upcycling across the County.
At the end of the week I attended the final performance of Carmarthen Youth Opera’s ‘My Fair Lady’. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and credit must go to everyone involved in the production.
At the end of the month, I attended the opening of the Tyisha Food Bank in Llanelli. This is another important resource for families who are struggling to put food on the table.
Finally, rounding off February, I attended Carmarthen’s St David’s Parade. Led by the Town Mayor, this colourful event was the culmination of a whole week celebrating everything Welsh. My thanks to everyone who was involved in the organisation of it.