Two community noticeboards in Dafen have been repaired after being smashed by vandals.
The noticeboards are among six situated around Dafen, (including ones on lower Capel Road, Bryn Elli, Dafen Road - opposite Owens, and one opposite Dafen post office), used to promote services and events around the village.
A notice board on the top of Capel Road (near the old quarry) and another on Bryngwyn Road (near Dafen School) have been in a state of disrepair for quite some time after damage to the windows. Volunteers from Dafen Forum carried out the repairs at the weekend, and money raised by the Forum will pay for materials.
Nominations are being sought for this year’s Edgar Andrews Award.
The annual award, which is supported by Llanelli Rural Council, recognises services to sport by individuals. People eligible for consideration of this award would be either living in Dafen or living outside the village but connected to a sporting association within the village.
Written nominations should be submitted to:-
Mr Wayne Thomas
10 New Road,
or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for nominations is Sunday 26th October.
An 'information exchange day' will be held on Wednesday, August 13 at Dafen Park Rural Hall as part of a consultation on proposed charges for Carmarthenshire County Council sporting facilities.
The drop-in session will run from 3pm-7pm. People can either fill in a form and/or speak to staff. There will be officers present to provide support and guidance around options such as asset transfer, grant funding, grounds maintenance and any other issues.
The consultation follows a decision made by the council earlier this year to freeze proposed fee increases in the County until March 2015.
Carmarthenshire Unified Sports Committee, which was set up to fight the proposed charges, has urged local people to attend the meeting -- and similar meetings in other areas throughout the County -- to stand up against the proposed price hikes, which the Committee says are a threat to grass roots sports throughout the County.
CUSC Chairman Kevin Francis said, "We cannot achieve our goal of affordable sport for all if we don't get huge support on these dates. We now need the help of every sports person and their families in Carmarthenshire. It is vital that we get a strong presence at these meetings. This is our best and probably last chance to show a united and informed front."
CUSC is also arranging a public meeting for Monday September 8th at Steboneath Football Club. 6pm start. (Edited). and are inviting every Councillor, AM and MP in Carmarthenshire, along with every officer who has an input into this pitch fee debate.
"A huge amount of work has been done by CUSC up until this point. Please, please, please don't let it go to waste by non attendance. If we are weak in numbers and show a lack of interest this council will increase pitch fees to an unmanageable level. Remember how you felt when you first saw the figures. They will become a reality if you ignore this request to mobilise," said Mr Francis. "We need you to act now on behalf of your sport and your communitiy!"
In a press release Carmarthenshire County Council states, "With continued pressure on financial resources, the council is unable to continue subsidising clubs at the current level, and is seeking people’s views and suggestions towards finding a charging structure – or alternative options – that will help ensure these facilities can be enjoyed for generations to come.
All sporting clubs and organisations in the county – whether they are subsidised or support themselves – are being asked for their views, along with all town and community councils.
All ideas and suggestions made during the consultation will be considered, as well as a number of potential options, including an amended fee structure, a reduction in specification or frequency of maintenance in order to reduce costs, and asset transfer.
Following the consultation, a detailed report will be compiled and considered by members so that an informed decision can be made for 2015-16 and beyond."
Other dates/venues of information days are:
Monday, August 11: Newcastle Emlyn Leisure Centre
Tuesday, August 12: Ammanford Town Hall
Thursday, August 14: Llangadog Community Centre
Friday, August 15: St Clears Leisure Centre
Monday, August 18: Pontyberem Hall
Tuesday, August 19: Carmarthen Leisure Centre
Wednesday, August 20: Llanelli Leisure Centre
People are urged to make their views known as part of the wide ranging exercise, and responses will continue to be accepted until August 25, online at www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk, via Twitter or Facebook, by post or phone.
The Play King, the childrens adventure play centre based in Dafen Industrial estate, have announced that preparations are underway to unveil Llanelli's first permanent indoor ice rink.
The ice rink, (for which there will be a separate charge to the main admission fee), is planned to be opened before Christmas, on November 27th. The synthetic 'Ice Magic' will be about 12 meters by 8 meters and will hold about 48 people at a time, of all ages. It will be sited on a balcony area which is being extended.
Recently, the hall at Llangennech Community Centre was transformed to offer a 9 x 8 metre synthetic ice rink during the half term holiday. It proved a very successful event and was enjoyed by all ages.
For all you Swans fans heading to the Liberty Stadium this Saturday for the Sunderland game, have a look out for a touch of Dafen on the pitch as our Girls U 14's will be welcoming the teams out as the official Guard of Honour. Hopefully it will be a good fun experience and the Swans will have a good win as well.
Not sure how a "C'mon You Bluebirds" announcement will go down before the game though!!
Posted on Dafen AFC website by Barry Armstrong.
A Dafen man took part in a feature on Countryfile this Sunday, September 1st, as the programme headed to the Gower.
Anthony Lewis is a volunteer from the Ammanford branch of the British Sub-Aqua club who were joined by Countryfile presenter Matt Baker on a dive to clean up the Gower Coast.
The BSAC runs an annual Underwater Litterpick and the presenter helps the divers retrieve tin cans, bottles, fishing weights, lines, nets and plastic bags from under the water. The excersise featured on the prime-time television programme on Sunday September 1st at 7pm.
Anthony, from Nant Y Bryn said, “We really had a great day and Matt was just like one of the boys. We cleared a large amount of litter off the sea bed like discarded nets, bottles and cans all of which are hazardous to the marine life in Swansea Bay.”
Also on the show Ellie Harrison visited Swansea Docks to see how its once filthy waters are now so clean that mussels thrive there. And she found out how little yellow fish are helping people flush their waste water down the right pipes. Matt joined the divers who pull tonnes of waste a year out of the waters off the peninsular, before hitting dry land to hook up with the volunteers keeping its beaches pristine.
A Six-A-Side Cricket Tournament hosted by Dafen Welfare Cricket Club last Sunday raised £1,800 for charity. The event, which was organised in aid of #TeamDan, a fund-raising campaign in the name of ex-Scarlets player Dan Rogers, took place in front of a bumper crowd on a glorious day of Dafen sunshine after a worryingly wet Saturday.
Volunteers for the hosts appeared early on Sunday morning to prepare the ground for the big day, which saw teams competing from local rival clubs Llangennech, Llanelli, Felinfoel and Pwll. But the trophy went to a group better known for their exploits with a rugby ball – star attractions of the day, the Scarlets. The Scarlets impressed, with fine performances with both bat and ball, and were also a credit off the field.
#TeamDan was also represented in the tournament, with Dan Rogers' brother Steff, joined by another Scarlet, Phil John.
Scarlet's Steve Shingler, previously capped for Wales at age-grade cricket, won the leading batsman award for the tournament, while Steve Devonald, playing for tournament runners-up Pwll, was recognised as the Best Bowler. Dafen's Jonathan Griffiths was recognised as the tournament's Best All-Rounder.
There was fun for all the family from 11am on Sunday, with lasertag, bouncy castle, barbecue, music and more, and a great day was had by all. Many took to social networking sites to sing the praises of the event, and hoped that the organisers would be encouraged to make it a regular annual fixture, with the Scarlets defending the title next year.
The money raised has contributed to thousands of pounds already raised for The University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff's intensive care and haematology units, where Dan is undergoing treatment.
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A team of Llanelli Scarlets will be playing at Dafen Park this weekend (Sunday the 18th of August), consisting of British & Irish Lions star Jonathan Davies and fellow Wales internationals Rhys Priestland, Ken Owens, Liam Williams and Aaron Shingler. The squad will also include Jake Ball, Steve Shingler, George Earle, Simon Easterby and Scarlets' Head of Athletic Performance Brad Harrington .
It will not be rugby that the team will be playing on Sunday, but one of the more favoured sports in Dafen, as Dafen Welfare Cricket Club host a Six-a-Side Charity Cricket Tournament in aid of #TeamDan.
#TeamDan is a fundraising campaign which began on the internet a couple of months ago in support of the cancer battle of ex-Scarlet Dan Rogers, who was rushed to hospital in a critical condition. He is said to be making great improvements thanks to chemotherapy, and thousands of pounds have already been raised for The University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff's intensive care and haematology units, where Dan is undergoing treatment.
A lot of the fundraising success so far has come from the sales of #TeamDan T-shirts and vests, supplied by Manhattan Marketing, and recently modelled by legendary All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter on social networking site Twitter. Dan Rogers was a player and coach for the Llanelli Wanderers before falling ill and the shirts come in Wanderers team colours. They are on sale for £9.99 and the vests are going for £14.99, with all profits going to the cause.
This weekends cricket tournament which will feature eight teams split into two groups, includes two teams from Dafen, and teams from local rivals Felinfoel, Kidwelly, Llangennech and Llanelli. #TeamDan will also have a side taking part in the tournament, led by Dan's brother Steff. Amongst the Scarlets team, Shingler is a former England Under-19 and Glamorgan fast bowler,and his younger brother Steve is a Wales age-grade cap. Jake Ball is also said to have been a talented young cricketer in Australia
The action begins on Sunday at 11am, and there will be live music, a bouncy castle, a BBQ,and more. Please come along, have fun and show your support!
This September Keep Wales Tidy are calling on the people of Wales to take part in a week- long, nationwide, cleanup of littered black spotsin towns, villages and the countryside.
Tidy Wales Week will take place between 16 - 22 September 2013 and we are hoping that local people will show how much they care for their area by getting involved in hands-on, problem-solving action.
Last year nearly 10,000 people of all ages did their bit to clean up their neighbourhoods and as a result many long standing litter blots on the landscape were removed. The week of action resulted in thousands of bags of litter being recovered by volunteers.
Get involved! Tidy Wales Week is for everyone from a group of neighbours to schools and local businesses...this is your opportunity to get involved and make a difference in your local community!
Need help? Keep Wales Tidy project officers can offer assistance in organising clean-ups so make sure you get in touch with your local officer today!
Carmarthenshire Project Officer:
Tel: 07824 504805
Lesley Jones, Chief Executive of Keep Wales Tidy comments: “We hear constant complaints in the press and on TV about the state of our streets, beaches and rivers. The truth is that resolving many of the problems highlighted lies in our own hands. We live in busy times but most of us could spare a couple of hours to improve the visual appearance of our surroundings. Please help us to make a difference.”
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