Wednesday, 27 February 2019


Mr. Dafydd Llywelyn, Dyfed Powys Police And Crime Commissioner gave a flowing speech, firstly describing his own background and journey through life up to his appointment as Commissioner. He is clearly a local man with a passion for improving the lives of the people of Dyfed Powys. His family have been active locally in politics for many years and his fifth child is named Gwynfor after his wife's grandfather. Gwynfor Evans being the first Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament and elected in Carmarthen in 1966. Mr. Llywelyn described his current family and the trials and tribulations that he experiences, like many other parents and how that influences him in his work.

He then described the nature of his work and the boundaries of his roles and responsibilities and how they sit alongside and adjacent to the responsibilities of the Police and the Chief Constable. He conveyed the personal and professional integrity that he holds and the commitment to improving the quality of life for residents of Dyfed Powys was clear throughout. 

Following the Commissioner's presentation, his captivated audience engaged in a questions and answer session. Evidently, his talk enlightened and expanded the members' knowledge of the role and responsibilities of the Crime Commissioner.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019


Under the W.I's Green Project, and with their kind donation, a Community Tree Planting took place at Parc Elin Mair involving the W.I., the Heritage Society and the Primary School.

The original Jubilee Oak which unfortunately failed to flourish was replaced with a new native Oak.

A Silver Birch was planted to commemorate the fallen of the Great War, and a selection of trees were planted around Parc Elin Mair

In attendance were our local M.P. Nia Griffiths; Councillor Jim Jones; Officers of the W.I., the Heritage Society and Staff and Pupils of Five Roads C.P. School

Following the planting, the W.I. provided tea and cakes. Also a brief talk on the environment and the importance of today's planting was given to the children by the Heritage Society's Chairman, Bryan Hitchman.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019


On a cold, wintry evening, yet in the warm, hospitable surroundings of The Stag Inn, Jamie Palmer from Burry Port gave an illustrated talk on the history of the Welsh Bible. He brought a small sample of the larger collection of rare Welsh Bibles, of which he is the custodian.

Included was the 1567 William Salesbury translation, and a 1588 first edition of the William Morgan Bible

It was a very special privilege to see and handle (with great care) these invaluable and significant publications, and to hear of the enthusiasm of those who produced them

Jamie explained how people were inspired by their faith to provide Bibles which would be understood and read by the plough boy as well as the preacher. He also highlighted that many such people had links with Carmarthenshire, a number having been pupils at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Carmarthen, among them: Griffith Jones, founder of the Circulating Schools; Thomas Charles, who provided Mary Jones with her own Bible thereby inspiring the foundation of the British and Foreign Bible Society; and Peter Williams, who in 1771 published the first Welsh Bible in Wales.

It was clear from Jamie's presentation that the Welsh Bible has been central to the spiritual, social, cultural, educational, political and linguistic development of our nation, and should be celebrated as such.

Sunday, 2 December 2018


First of December saw our Christmas Lights Festivities in 'The Stag' car park.

Following the success of last year, this year saw an increased number of visitors. Entertainment was provided by Crwbin Brass Band, and stalls provided burgers, hot dogs and mulled wine.

Afterwards everyone repaired to Five Roads Square for the lighting up by our guest of honour, Captain Winston Thomas. There followed a superb firework display and singing of Christmas carols.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018


A moving service this year to celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, with respectful attendance by members of the Heritage Society; Rehoboth Chapel; staff, pupils and parents of Five Roads School; local dignitaries and especially families of the fallen of both World Wars.

As ever, the children were in glorious voice, and was warmly appreciated by all who were enthralled by their performance.
In addition, the pupils were pleased to announce that the school was honoured to receive the status of 'Peaceful School' gained as part  of a National Peaceful Movement to promote peace in the school, community and the wider world. They are among the first schools in Wales to receive this accolade which was presented to them at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff. Many, many congratulations to them for honouring the school and the community.

The weather was on our side this year and we were able to conclude the service with the laying of the wreaths outside on our War Memorial.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018


 Debra John - 'A Swansea Debtor'

Dressed in period costume, storyteller and actress, Debra John, enthralled our society members as she performed a poignant monologue entitled 'A Swansea Debtor.'

The story was based upon her research into the harrowing conditions in Swansea Debtors' Prison in the 1850s, then located in the tower of Swansea Castle.

Debra portrayed a Victorian lady, who described the circumstances of her husband's death, her consequential financial ruin and the harsh, uncompromising regimen within the prison. To quote an example - prisoners had to provide their own food,clothing and furniture otherwise the basic essentials of life were only available from the gaoler, often at exorbitant costs! This of course resulted in further debt. Should a debtor have no relatives to provide for him, or her, then the bleak outcome was death!

It's a sobering thought that such appalling penal conditions existed not so very long ago.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018


This year's annual trip took us to The Royal Mint at Llantrisant, and what a fascinating experience it turned out to be! 1,100 years of history in coins. Initially, mints were not large factories but more like blacksmith's shops, often operated by a part-time moneyer who travelled from town to town to meet local demand for coins.

For nearly half its existence The Royal Mint was located inside the Tower of London until it moved to nearby Tower Hill in 1810. Although housed today in a modern factory at Llantrisant, specialist skills and expert knowledge has been passed down by staff over hundreds of years. The action of striking a blank disc with a 'heads and tails' by means of a single blow from a hammer still forms the basis of what is done at The Royal Mint today.

Still on show today, an Alfred the Great Penny c.880AD, inscribed with the name 'LVNDONIA' represents the start of The Royal Mint's long history. A Sovereign, struck on 10 November 1975 was the very last coin to be made by The Royal Mint in London. Today, The Royal Mint is the world's leading export mint, striking coins for as many as 60 different countries around the world. 'From Wales to the World'.

Following the fascinating experience at The Royal Mint we repaired to another experience - Spanish style cuisine at the 'Braseria El Prado',  Laleston. OlĂ©.