An event to reflect and remember

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An event to reflect and remember.

I will come back to some of the events I attended in early January. But first of all I must mention the Holocaust Memorial events my wife Catrin and I attended on the 27th January. First, we were at City Hall Cardiff, where Cardiff Council and the Welsh Government had arranged Wales’ National Commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day. Following on from there we attended Monmouthshire County Council’s Holocaust Memorial Service in Abergavenny. Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day of remembrance for victims of the Holocaust and other genocides. On this day we honour the survivors of regimes of hatred and take the opportunity to reflect on the ways in which we live our lives today in order to bring our communities together to create a safer, better future. It is important that we never forget.

At our Council meeting held in early January, Councillors were delighted to welcome Hendy Primary School Choir to the public gallery where they performed a Carol. The Choir took part in S4C’s Prynhawn Da annual ‘Carol yr Ŵyl’ 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 had been in the top ten for the last three years, this was the first time they 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.

At the same meeting, pupils from several of the Secondary Schools in Carmarthenshire attended to present their ideas on the Council’s services. It is pleasing to see how seriously our young people take the future of our work.

Together with my Vice-Chair, I attended Friendship Theatre Group’s annual pantomime in the Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli. This annual pantomime raises funds for local charities, and out thanks go to the organisers for their efforts and entertainment.

Another event I attended in Llanelli was the annual Llanelli Rotary Youth Speaks competition. This has been a very successful event held for many years by Llanelli Rotary Club and offers young people the opportunity of public speaking – with RIBI (Rotary International Britain and Ireland) district, regional and UK competitions open to the winners of both Intermediate and senior levels at Club level. Again, the young people in our County never fail to impress.

Along with Councillor Peter Hughes Griffiths, I attended a concert to launch Burry Port as Carmarthenshire’s Town of Culture 2020. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and I know that Pembrey & Burry Port Town Council are organising a series of events over the coming months to celebrate their achievement.

Towards the end of January, I visited Carreg Hirfaen School in Cwmann with the Vice-Chair. I had visited Cwmann when I was Leader of the Council to cut the first sod for the new school. So it was nice to be able to return to see how the school is serving the local community.

Ending the month, I attended Carmarthenshire’s Actif Sports Awards 2019. The awards recognise and reward sports people and teams who have made a positive difference and shown outstanding achievements whether it be as an athlete, coach, volunteer or sport team. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and an opportunity to thank and recognise so many people for their contributions.

Councillor Kevin Madge

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