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Llansadwrn 2121

Penny Mayes / Acorns of the sessile oak / CC BY-SA 2.0

In late 2020 Graham Craig (Brynhyfryd) was inspired by a book called The Good Ancestor to think about what Llansadwrn will be like in 2121 and beyond.

What can we do now to help that future community, what legacy do we want to create?

His initial idea was for 21 people in and around Llansadwrn to each plant a sessile oak tree in their garden or on their land in 2021.

Within a few days of emailing some friends, there were 13 locations signed up!

If you’d like to join in, please email graham.craig@gmail.com. The trees can grow up to 20-40m high so need some space!

The idea is to buy saplings from the Woodland Trust and plant them in February.

Food Bank in Church Entrance

food bank

In these difficult times more and more families face uncertainty, if you are in a position to give there is now a box in the church porch to receive items for the Food Bank. Tins are especially welcomed and long life / pantry items would also be welcome. Fresh food items are generally not accepted because of difficulties around keeping them. If you find yourself in need then please find some useful numbers below

The Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF) in Wales gives one-off assistance to individuals over 16 who need urgent financial help. There are two types of support (both are non-repayable):

Emergency Assistance Payments (EAP) – there must be an immediate threat to your health or well-being, e.g. due to a fire, flood or other emergency.
Individual Assistance Payments (IAP) – enables you, as a vulnerable person, to live or remain living independently.
DAF payments are only available to people with no other means of getting the money they need and are not intended to be ongoing. Freephone: 0800 859 5924 or apply online.

Armed Forces personnel and veterans

There are various kinds of financial help available for Armed Forces personnel, veterans and their families, including benefits, council tax relief, reduced travel costs and discounts using the Defence Privilege Card. For more information, visit Citizen’s Advice.

Veterans UK will also offer advice.

Carmarthen Food Bank

Phone. 01267 232101 or 01267 225996.
Website. http://carmarthen.foodbank.org.uk/
Email. carmarthenfoodbank@towychurch.co.uk.

Llanelli Foodbank

MAIN LOCATION
22 Myrtle Terrace,
Llanelli,
Carmarthenshire,
SA15 1LH
PHONE
07594 609952
WEBSITE

Home


EMAIL
foodbank@myrtlehouse.org.uk

World Cup of Stations

We are looking for community groups to nominate stations for The World Cup of Stations tournament (run by the Rail Delivery Group) – returning for its second year.

It is part of the run-up to Stations’ Day on 16 October – the rail industry’s annual celebration of all stations big and small.

The final competition, launching on 12th October, will see 48 stations large and small representing each region of the country competing in a series of online polls hosted on the Rail Delivery Group’s Twitter page (@RailDeliveryGrp), first against local rivals before going national.

By Friday 16th October, the competition will have been whittled down to a final four with one of Britain’s 2,579 railway stations named the nation’s favourite on Friday evening.

Our stations and our key worker staff have been playing a crucial role supporting the response to COVID-19. We have been proud of the work they have done and by nominating your local station you can say thank you and help boost pride in our local community.

The first step is to make sure your local station qualifies for the World Cup. You can nominate your station by tweeting at the Rail Delivery Group twitter account and using #WorldCupOfStations – the closing date to do this is the 4th October (3 days’ time).

If you are aware of a community group that may be interested, please submit an entry and/or share with wider networks.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you feel we can help with anything more.

Katie and Arron

Mid and West Wales Stakeholder Team

Transport for Wales

Katie Powis

Rheolwr Rhanddeiliaid / Stakeholder Manager

Trafnidiaeth Cymru / Transport for Wales

T: 07493 060539

Gorsaf Abertawe, Stryd Fawr, Abertawe, SA1 1NU

Swansea Station, High Street, Swansea, SA1 1NU

Arron Bevan-John

Swyddog Ymgysylltu â’r Gymuned | Community Engagement Officer

Trafnidiaeth Cymru | Transport for Wales

T: 02921 057571 | M: 07398 152824

Gorsaf Abertawe, Stryd Fawr, Abertawe, SA1 1NU

Swansea Station, High Street, Swansea, SA1 1NU

Support to improve broadband connectivity

Does your community have difficulty in accessing high speed broadband? If so, residents and businesses could be entitled to a broadband upgrade.

The government’s Broadband Upgrade Fund campaign launched in Carmarthenshire yesterday to help businesses, employees and countryside communities take advantage of all the benefits associated with faster and more reliable internet connections.

The government is offering rural residents up to £1,500 and small to medium sized businesses up to £3,500 to upgrade to gigabit broadband, which is capable of download speeds of 1 gigabit (1000 megabits) per second and is much faster than the current speeds experienced across Carmarthenshire.

Upgrading to gigabit broadband will mean homes and businesses in Carmarthenshire will have the world-class, future-proof and reliable internet connections they need to keep pace with new advances in technology, and the jobs and growth that comes with it, in the decades to come.

Encouraging communities to come together, residents and businesses can combine their interest to increase the overall fund the community is entitled to. Registration is open until 30 September 2020, and rural residents and business owners in Carmarthenshire are encouraged to check if they are eligible.

Some premises and business across Carmarthenshire will also be able to benefit from the Welsh Government’s top-up voucher scheme, taking the potential funding for individual premises up to £3,000 and up to £7,000 for businesses.

In most cases, the funding provided will pay for the cost of installing the new broadband provided there is enough properties in a group project.

We would appreciate if you could promote this within your communities.

For more details on this, contact cejenkins@carmarthenshire.gov.uk