First in County to win new language charter award.

A Welsh medium primary school in Llanelli has become the first in the county to win a new language charter award.

Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel in Llwynhendy has been given a Codi Caerau Sir Gâr Bronze Award for the progress the school and its pupils have made in promoting the use of incidental Welsh.


The Language Charter aims to help bring about an increase in the social use of Welsh by children by inspiring them to use the language in all aspects of their lives.



The Charter asks for all members of the school community – the school council, pupils, the workforce, parents, governors and the wider community – to contribute.


Each school sets its own challenging but achievable vision.

The award has been presented at a celebration at the school with a performance of the musical drama ‘Y Welsh Not’ by the school’s drama club ‘Bobl Bach Brynsierfel’ in partnership with CISP Multimedia. Scarlets commercial manager Garan Evans, poet Mererid Hopwood and two harpists from Ysgol y Strade will be among the guests.



Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel, which opened in 1953, moved to a new £6.5m school building in late 2011 and now has 190 pupils.



The schools’ literacy co-ordinator Mrs Sara Saunders has organised free weekly Welsh lessons for parents and members of the community in partnership with the county council and has organised visits by authors, artists, composers and poets.



Welsh support teacher Miss Elen Davies held ‘A Good Start’ sessions for parents and pre-school age children and has worked with support staff to hone language skills and develop confidence in communicating through the medium of Welsh.



The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association has raised funds to spend on Welsh books for the library which has a mural by artist Beth Saunders of Roald Dahl characters to mark the centenary of the Welsh author.



Headteacher Mrs Jayne Davies said: “The performance of the drama ‘Y Welsh Not’ is perfect for the launch of the Language Charter Bronze Award here in Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel as this was precisely the period when the decline of the Welsh language started.



“The children have realised how lucky they are to be able to speak Welsh at school and that they have a responsibility to secure the future of the language.



“The existence and success of Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel proves that all the efforts made in the past have succeeded. I would like to thank the governors, staff, parents, pupils, and all the visitors and agencies who have contributed to achieving the Bronze Award.”



Carmarthenshire County Council executive board member for the Welsh language Cllr Mair Stephens told the launch: “I’m delighted that Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel has become the first to achieve this award for its inspiring efforts to promote the Welsh language as part of all the pupils’ everyday life.”



Executive board member for education and children’s services Cllr Gareth Jones said: “Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel richly deserves this award for the work it has done under the leadership of Mrs Davies to promote Welsh as the language of the school community and wider community.”

Just a few things happening for the game Saturday?


Are you going out for the game?

Here are some things which are happening on Saturday in Llanelli.


Location: Vista Hotel
What: Mega Steak Deal Plus 3 Pints for £14.99
Booking: 01554 773711

Location: The Thomas Arms
What: Big screen in private room
TV on in both lounges with bars
Lots of light snacks on or meals if required.

Location: The Halfmoon

What: We will be showing the game on all our big screens and projectors. Also free food half time. And with every pint of Brains bought the customer gets a card with a chance of winning lots of prizes from SA Brain including pairs of tickets to watch a home World Cup qualifier game of Wales football.

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Enjoy the game.

Missing Person Appeal: Regan Stow

We are appealing for help to locate 17-year-old Regan Stowe, who has been reported missing.
Regan, who is currently living in Penarth but is originally from the Birmingham area, was last seen at the Brewer’s Fayre restaurant at Swansea Enterprise Park on Thursday, January 26th.

He is described as white, approximately 6ft 1in and of slim build. He was last seen wearing black tracksuit bottoms and black and gold footwear.

Regan, who has links with Wolverhampton and Walsall, is urged to make contact to confirm he is safe and well.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should also contact South Wales Police via 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference 1700032975

Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel agree precept increase to enable plans to re-invest in CCTV and lead to improvements in HMIC gradings

Police & Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said:“My decision to ask for an increase in the amount of money our communities pay towards policing was not made lightly.”

“The precept agreed by the Police & Crime Panel equates to an additional 27p per week, per household for an average band D property. This band D tax will be at a level that is 6.9% higher than the 2016/17 level and is 1.55% higher than the 2014/15 level.

“This increase in budget will enable me to move ahead with my plans to re-invest in CCTV across the counties, as well as enhance the service provided to our most rural communities. It will also go towards implementing required improvements in order to improve the HMIC grading’s for the force, a significant challenge but a priority for myself and the Chief Constable.”

“The consultation I undertook at the end of last year confirmed that our communities are willing to pay more for policing. The majority suggested they were in support of an increase of up to 5%, with some willing to go to 10%.”

“I am very aware of financial demands our communities face and have done my best to keep the increase to a minimum. Today’s increase means that the communities served by Dyfed-Powys Police continue to pay the least for their local policing, when compared to the other Welsh forces.”

“In light of a freeze on precept last year, a cut of 5% in the previous year and the continuation of cuts to police budgets nationally, no increase was not an option. And I will use every penny of this increase to ensure that we continue to do everything possible to keep our communities safe.”