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Look what the wind did to the Trafalgar Beacon in Llanelli.
The beacon was erected at Llanelli's Millennium Coastal Park as part of the Trafalgar bicentenary celebrations in 2005 to mark the 200th Anniversary of the sea battle and death of Lord Nelson.
Park manager Rory Dickinson Mr Dickinson said the 14-inch square post was snapped like matchwood in the vicious 70mph winds causing the cauldron atop the post to crash to the ground.
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The Welsh Government'sFirst Minister, Carwyn Jones, has praised the quality of the Welsh food and drink sector and encouraged people to buy local during a visit to an award-winning farm shop in Gorslas, Carmarthenshire.
The First Minister took a tour of the family-run Cwmcerrig Farm Shop and Grill and sampled some of the first-rate Welsh produce on offer.
The shop sells beef, lamb and poultry which it rears to high animal welfare standards on Cwmcerrig farm, as well as a wide range of other locally sourced products.
More than 600 products from the Carmarthenshire area are on offer, with a total of 1000 products for the whole of Wales.
The First Minister said: Cwmcerrig Farm Shop and Grill is an impressive showcase of produce from Carmarthenshire and Wales. The pride it takes in sourcing locally wherever possible means increased financial returns for local food and farming businesses and it raises the profile and reputation of home grown produce.
The business creates a real farm to fork experience, allowing consumers to learn about the provenance of their food, providing excellent choice, and giving customers the confidence that their food has been raised to high welfare standards.
As I have been reminded today, the quality of Welsh produce is second-to-none. I encourage everybody to support their local businesses and ensure that the food they enjoy with family and friends is bought locally wherever possible.
The First Minister also spoke of the Welsh Governments new draft food and drink action plan, which aims to deliver growth and jobs in the food and farming sector and increase the profile and reputation of Welsh food.
He said: Our new action plan is designed to ensure that Wales food industry reaches its full potential. We already have a good story to tell on food and drink, with Wales having seen a 6% growth in food and drinks sales last year, however were determined to do more. I encourage all interested parties to get involved and have their say.
Mr Jones is pictured above with Cwmcerrig partner Roland Watkins, who said: "We were delighted to welcome the First Minister to our shop and grill. We've had a number of VIP visitors over the years and it is good to see that they are always impressed with our work and the quality of our produce."
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One of the Age Cymru Sir Gar befriending links groups is in the running for an 'Epic Award' (Voluntary Arts Wales).
The public can help the Llanelli group win the award by voting for them online.
The group shortlisted for the award is the popular Llangennech Knit, Craft and Chat Group craft group which offers isolated over-50s friendship and a chance to develop skills.
To vote for thegroup, click on this link,
You may need to register (if you havent already) and scroll down to look for the Llangennech group then click on the little green icon to vote.
Help this wonderful group of over 50s win this award.

The nomination on the Epic Awards website reads -
Popular craft group which offers isolated over-50s friendship and a chance to develop skills.
Established in 2012, Llangennech Knit, Craft and Chat Group was set up as part of a taster week in which basic knitting and card making skills were demonstrated by Swanseas Hobbycraft.
The initial session was such a success that those attending decided to proceed as a craft group with the emphasis on friendship and community.
The group now gathers weekly at Llangennech Community Centre near Llanelli, with the volunteers subs going towards materials, paying for the venue and group trips.
The Llangennech Knit, Craft and Chat Group now has 40 members, with three volunteers helping to run the group which has gone on to engage fully with the wider community.
Examples of this include a donation to Red Nose Day, knitted blankets for Romanian orphanages and food provided for the Salvation Army Foodbank in Llanelli.
In the future, the group will continue to offer friendship to over-50s who may feel isolated within their community, as well as developing their skills in knitting, crocheting, card making, quilting and dress-making. This befriending service is part of the BIG Lottery funded West Wales Befriending Links initiative, which aims to reach over 3,000 people in such groups over the next five years.
The group goes from strength to strength, and in June 2013 it celebrated its first birthday, says Peter Morgan. There is a tremendous unity within the group, they give each other lifts to the Community Centre and strong bonds have developed.
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Red Kite Law delight at Lexcel award

By Robert Lloyd, 2014-01-08

Welsh law firm Red Kite Law has once again won the Law Societys prestigious management quality mark.
The Lexcel quality mark is a cherished benchmark only achieved by some 10 per cent of law firms.
To achieve the standard you have to go through a rigorous accreditation process, said Red Kite Law partner David Sangster.
Having done the initial accreditation, firms have to reapply for the quality mark every year, undergoing further assessments of law management.
The further assessment includes background checks and an on-site Ofsted-style visit from an assessor. We have just completed our reassessment and passed with a clean bill of health.
This is a wonderful pat on the back for the hard-working team at Red Kite Law. We have a large team of legal experts spread throughout seven offices in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.
Delivering quality, value-for-money services to the local community matters a great deal to us.
Mr Sangster added: The Lexcel quality mark is no tick box process. The assessment process is rigorous and challenging.
Why do we put ourselves through it all? Partly, because it helps us as a business to know that we are doing the right things in the right way. But also because it means our clients can be completely confident that they have chosen a law firm with the highest client care and business management standards.
Frankly, when you are trying choose a law firm to help you make difficult decisions, a Lexcel quality mark provides that extra level of reassurance.

Red Kite Law was established in 2011 with the merger of two highly-respected firms Lowless & Lowless and Morris Roberts. Lowless & Lowless was formed in 1898 and, since its centenary year, saw significant expansion which included the acquisition of a number of practices including Paul Settatree & Co, Walter Williams Solicitors and Rogers-Haggar.
Morris Roberts was formed in 1999 following the merger of two established Carmarthen firms, Morris Lloyd and J C Williams and Roberts.
The team at Red Kite Law can be contacted on 01267 239000 and 01437 763332 or through the website at
Red Kite has 13 partners and a total headcount of 81, with seven offices spread across Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. The senior management team consists of Andrew Manning as CEO, Gayle Butland HR Manager, Chris Woolley as Finance Director and Sally Calverley as Business Development Director.

Photo: Red Kite Law partners with the Lexcel certificates for the companys seven offices. Left to right, John Griffiths, Luke Smith, David Williams, David Sangster, Rebecca Proctor, Paul James and John Lewis.

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The leading law firm in West Wales, QualitySolicitors Redkite, has received a whole host of recommendations in the Legal 500 guide to experts.
Redkite partner David Sangster (pictured) said: Legal 500 is THE guidebook and internet site when it comes to checking benchmarks for quality legal services.
The team at Redkite is delighted to see the names of our legal experts scattered so liberally throughout the guide. It is a real feather in the cap for the quality of services we provide here at the biggest law firm in West Wales.
In the Legal 500 Wales overview, the publication says, Redkite . . . continues its expansion in West Wales . . . and has had notable success in winning work from major energy clients.
There are recommendations for Redkite team members in a number of legal sectors
Human resources, Employment Donna Purchase heads the strongest employment team in West Wales. Its excellent client base includes Milford Haven Port Authority and Murco Oil Refinery, along with healthcare businesses, agricultural societies, and public sector employers. The team is appointed to the SWW Local Authority Consortium.
Private client, Personal tax, trusts and probate Tim Haggar heads the team. He is on the Court of Protection panel, overseeing a significant increase in deputyship work over the last two years, and is also an adviser for Camelot Lottery winners. Mathew Bowen specialises in tax planning, with an emphasis on agricultural relief.
Private client, Contentious trusts and probate Tim Haggar recommended by Legal 500.
Dispute resolution, Commercial litigation Redkites team is retained by Pembrokeshire County Council as well as by numerous SMEs. Luke Smith specialises in construction disputes, and is popular with clients.
Real estate, Commercial property Legal 500 list recommends John Lewis.
Private client, Family Catrin Griffiths heads a large team which has a focus on financial matters including farming and pension ancillary relief. It also has expertise in children issues, acting for various local authorities in public law proceedings.
Crime, fraud and licensing James Subbiani and David Williams are recommended for general crime matters. Subbiani, who has higher rights, prosecutes on behalf of the Welsh Government Fisheries Office.
Public sector RedKite advises local authorities on employment law matters.

About Redkite:
Your LOCAL solicitors in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.
Carmarthen: 14 - 15 Spilman Street, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 1SR
Tel:01267 239 000 Email
Cleddau Bridge: Bridge Innovation Centre, Pembrokeshire Science and Technology Park, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire, SA72 6UN
Tel:01646 683 222 Email
Haverfordwest: Cleddau Chambers, 18 - 20 Old Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 2ET
Tel:01437 763 332 Email
Pembroke: Shaftesbury House, 60 Main Street, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 4HJ
Tel:01646 683 222 Email
Tenby: Lorne Chambers, Warren House, Warren Street, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7JP
Tel:01834 842 122 Email
Whitland: St. John Street, Whitland, SA34 0AN
Tel: 01994 240 305 Email

About Legal 500:
Published for more than 20 years, the Legal 500 Series provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal services providers in more than 100 countries. Used by commercial and private clients, corporate counsel, CEOs, CFOs and professional advisers - as well as by other referrers of work both nationally and internationally - the series gives what is regarded as a definitive judgement of law firm capabilities.

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Two travel experts are bucking the trend of shop closures in Llanelli by opening a new independent travel agency in the town centre.
Mark Maunder and Anne Wiltshire have more than 70 years of experience in the travel industry behind them.
They have opened Eastgate travel, opposite the new Ffwrnes theatre, at No18 Park Street.
Its a big move for us to set up a brand new business, but we are backing Llanelli town centre, said Mark.
Our new shop is in a great location and we are looking forward to welcoming customers to Eastgate Travel, a firm committed to great personal service.
Andrew Stephens, the President of Llanelli Chamber of Trade, said he was delighted to see Mark and Anne opening their new shop.
There have been many positive developments in Llanelli town centre and it is great news to see a brand new shop, owned and run by local people. I wish them every success and hope the people of Llanelli and district support Mark and Anne in their new venture.
Mark and Anne are partners in the business, having worked together in the travel industry since the 1970s, when they were employed by Richards Travel in Cowell Street, Llanelli.
Their careers have taken them to other locations since then. Most recently, Mark worked for the Cooperative/Thomas Cook agency at Llanellis Morrisons store and Anne worked for the same business in the Cross Hands Coop.
Anne said: We had both reached a stage where we felt the need to branch out for ourselves. There is a wonderful freedom in working as an independent travel company. For example, we can now deal with 100 more companies than we could under the brand of national companies.
We provide the full range of travel services here at Eastgate Travel. We are ABTA bonded covered by the ATOL licence and customers can be assured they will get the best of our years of experience when picking the holiday of their choice.
I am fully bilingual, so customers can deal with us in Welsh. Youd be hard-pressed to find two travel agency workers with more experience than the two of us and over the years we have built up a wonderfully loyal customer base. Some are more friends than customers and we like to think we are well known throughout West Wales, from Llanelli, to Carmarthen and Ammanford.
Mark added: We are very proud of what we have achieved so far in opening this new shop. We have done the hard work without any help from government or local authority grants. I am a Llanelli boy and Anne is from Tumble, so we care passionately about the local community.
When we looked at opening a new shop, we did consider Carmarthen, but in the end we plumped for Llanelli and we are delighted with the initial response to the opening of the new travel agency.
Eastgate Travel is open six days a week - 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday. In addition, the firm offers a special appointments service for customers who may be working during the week. You can book an appointment to see Mark or Anne between 6 and 9pm.

Photo: Mark Maunder and Anne Wiltshire at the new Eastgate Travel shop in Llanelli.

Contact details:
No18, Park Street, Llanelli, SA15 3YE
01554 775168
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Students from Stagecoach Theatre Arts in Carmarthen are getting ready for a special appearance at the Grand Theatre in Swansea.
A total of 25 young performers from the school will be treading the boards at the Grand, getting experience of the stardust at one of our top provincial theatres.
Its a great opportunity for our pupils, said Stagecoach Theatre Arts Carmarthen and Haverfordwest principal Liane Davies.
Live shows give the youngsters a real chance to dazzle and show off their talents. They are all very excited at the prospect of appearing at the Grand.
Sunday, November 17 is the big day for the students as they join representative groups from 15 other Stagecoach schools, including a 50-strong Welsh choir, for what promises to be an exciting programme of song, dance and musical theatre.
The piece theyll be performing is based on the award-winning musical 13.
Liane said: Carmarthens 25-strong performance troupe has been newly set up this term, so this will be the troupes debut performance.
So far, its been a busy year for the school with 100 of our students performing the musical Cats at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, followed by our home performance of the musical Hairspray in the summer 2013.
We will start rehearsals for our 2014 musical performance of the ever-popular The Wizard of Oz early in the new year.
We are delighted to be sharing the Grand theatre stage with our fellow Stagecoach schools. It is a very special year for us as Stagecoach celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Stagecoach is Britains largest part-time theatre school, offering quality training in drama, dance and singing to young people from four to age18 at weekends. Classes are designed to build confidence and develop communication through performance skills. Currently there are more than 600 schools throughout the UK.
The musical 13 was written by Jason Robert Brown from a book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn. Following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents' divorce, prepares for his impending Barmitzvah and navigates the complicated social circles of a new school.

About Stagecoach Theatre Arts Carmarthen and Haverfordwest
Stagecoach Theatre Arts Carmarthen and Haverfordwest has its Carmarthen base at the Queen Elizabeth High School, Johnstown, Carmarthen and its Haverfordwest HQ at Sir Thomas Picton School, Queensway, Haverfordwest, SA61 2NX.
The school opened in May 2009 and became an instant success. The school now attracts students from the three counties of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.
In recent years, Stagecoach Theatre Arts Carmarthen has staged the musicals Billy Elliot, Oliver, Annie and Hairspray.
Stagecoach school Principal Liane Davies said: Our aim is always to nurture and develop four to 18-year-olds to fulfil their potential through dance, drama and singing.
Its not all about treading the boards on stage. Early stages classes focus on allowing the children to express themselves, while at the same time building up confidence, poise and self-esteem. Above all, we make sure the experience is fun! The children love it.
To find out more about Stagecoach Carmarthen, contact Principal Liane Davies, phone: 0845 604 1422. Email - .

Website -
On Facebook search for Liane Stagecoach or Stagecoach Theatre Arts Carmarthen and Haverfordwest
On Twitter, find us @StagecoachCarms

Pictures: Stagecoach Carmarthen pupils prepare for their Grand Theatre, Swansea, appearance.
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TV presenter and wildlife champion Iolo Williams has given his backing to a wild land charitys bid to buy a key conservation site in the Snowdonia National Park.
The John Muir Trust, which owns and manages a number of mountain landscapes in Scotland, including Ben Nevis, has launched a 500,000 appeal to buy the Carreg y Saeth Isaf estate in the Rhinogydd Mountains.
Iolo Williams welcomed the move saying: Its a delight to know that this part of wild Wales will continue to be cared for with nature in mind. I urge everyone who loves our wild places to contribute to the fundraising appeal.
The Trust is a membership organisation, named after the founder of the modern conservation movement, Scots-American John Muir. It has been active in Wales since 2001, working with 100 partners including schools, colleges, clubs, conservation and outdoor organisations to deliver the John Muir Award scheme to 33,000 people.The Trust has also campaigned in Wales to protect wild landscapes from industrial development.
Although of modest size, Carreg y Saeth Isaf is an important ecological site. Located near the village of Llanbedr in Gwynedd, the parcel of land is within a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the wider area is recognised as a Special Area of Conservation and a Biogenetic Reserve.
It consists of rocky upland, sessile oak woodland and an area of heath and bog, which is home to merlin, peregrine, hen harrier, black grouse and ring ouzel. The native woodlands harbour a great diversity of birdlife such as redstarts and pied flycatcher.
The current landowner has expressed a wish for the Trust to buy the land, to continue his light-touch management approach and encourage natural processes to take their course.
Stuart Brooks chief executive of the John Muir Trust said: Carreg y Saeth Isaf would be our first land purchase outside Scotland. It is a beautiful wild gem in the Rhinogydd, the rugged heart of Wales, and is just the sort of wild place that the John Muir Trust exists to care for. Were delighted to have the opportunity to continue managing it for the benefit of people and wildlife.
The Trust hopes to work with others in the area, including the Snowdonia National Park, Natural Resources Wales, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, the Snowdonia Society, the Woodland Trust, National Trust Wales and the North Wales Wildlife Trust, as well as local communities and private landowners.

About the Carreg y Saeth fundraising appeal
Following an approach from the current owner of an estate in the Rhinogydd Mountains, within the Snowdonia National Park, the John Muir Trust has launched a 500,000 financial appeal to cover the cost of the purchase of the land plus ongoing running costs.
We have produced an appeal leaflet and have more in-depth information on our website at .

About the John Muir Trust
The John Muir Trust is the leading wild land conservation charity in the UK. More than 10,000 members support us in our work. Find out more at .
We take our name and inspiration from John Muir (1838-1914), the pioneering, influential Scots-born American conservationist who was passionate about the wild. Muir dedicated his life to protecting wild places and he campaigned successfully for the establishment of National Parks to safeguard vast tracts of wild lands, including Yosemite Valley in California.
We are based in the town of Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire, where we run the Wild Space visitor centre.
We own and manage some of the finest wild areas in the UK including Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis; Schiehallion in Perthshire; Sandwood Bay in Sutherland; part of the Cuillin in Skye; Quinag in Assynt; part of the Knoydart peninsula; and Glenlude in the Scottish Borders.
We also work in partnership with a range of community owned estates, including North Harris Trust, West Harris Trust, Galson Trust (Lewis), Knoydart Foundation, Assynt Foundation, Nevis Partnership and Carrifran Woodland ; plus two private estates Corrour (Lochaber) and Kynachan (Perthshire).
We for greater protection for wild land across the UK from industrial-style developments, including from large-scale wind farms.
We manage our properties according to our wild land management standards, which focus on habitat improvement and encouraging a more natural landscape and ecosystem.
Through the John Muir Award, we encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places. Since 1997, more than 100,000 people across the UK have achieved an Award. Read more about this educational initiative at
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