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Scarlet Town - Jemma Kryza

December 23rd, 2017

We will be launching Radio Llanelli in 2018 and we are looking for musicians and performers to come in and get on air. We would especially like to hear from artists who play their own materials. We are also looking for authors and poets to come in and share their work. if you would like to find out more email admin@radiollanelli.com 

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Doctors in crisis

December 23rd, 2017

Llanelli Online hit the streets of Llanelli during the crisis in local surgeries where people struggled to get an appointment to see a doctor. Some surgeries closed or were threatened with closure. Thsi is what the people of Llanelli had to say. 

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Y Fari Lwyd

December 11th, 2017

For those looking to uphold the ancient Welsh custom of the Mari Lwyd there are exciting times ahead. Owain Glenister from Y Lle has begun to reinstate the tradition in Llanelli courtesy of funding from Ymlaen Llanelli - The BID.

The Mari Lwyd (the Grey Mare) is a pre-Christian tradition said to bring good luck.

People made a horse figure from a horse’s skull, with decorative ears and eyes attached. They adorned it with colourful reins, bells, and ribbons and wrapped it with a white sheet that is carried around on a pole.

The Mari Lwyd and its party would go door-to-door, singing and challenging the families inside to a battle of rhyming insults in Welsh. At the end of the battle of wits (known as pwnco) the group would be invited into the house for refreshments.

This old tradition died out in many parts of Wales, but some parts still act it out and every December. Now it is back in Llanelli.

Llanelli Online has put together a song sheet for you along as ell as an MP3 you can sing-along too. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the Mari Lwyd...Coming to a pub near you this Christmas.

Find it on www.llanellionline.news with all the photos or you can use the one we have uploaded here. 

Wel dyma ni'n diwad
Gyfeillion diniwad
I ofyn cawn gennad
I ofyn cawn gennad
I ofyn cawn gennad I ganu.

Qwychw yr hyfder
rywle rhy drws ar agorwch chi?
I ganu mae'm gwraig
I ganu mae'm gwraig
I ganu mae'm gwraig am gwrw

Fi canaf am wythnos
a phart o bythefnos,
A mis os bydd achos,
A mis os bydd achos,
A mis os bydd achos, byth bythoedd.

A tapwch y faril
Gollyngwch yn rhugl
A rhenwch e'n gynil
A rhenwch e'n gynil
A rhenwch e'n gynil Y Gwyliau.

Mae Mari Llwyd lawen
Am ddod i'ch ty rhonten
A chanu yw'r diben
A chanu yw'r diben
A chanu yw'r diben Mi dybiaf.
Ni cawson ein parchu,
dos siwr, a croeswyd (croesawid).
Ffarwélwch eleni,
Ffarwélwch eleni,
Ffarwélwch eleni, ni'n ymadael.

 

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Llanelli Talking Newspaper January 2012

December 10th, 2017

What were you doing in January 2012? What was happening in Llanelli? Llanelli's Talking Newspaper has been bringing fornightly news updates to people who are partially sighted or blind for many years. 

During the last year we have been archiving every episode made from 2011 onwards when the programmes were placed on CD. Prior to that they were placed on cassette. 

These episoded provide an invaluable local archive for the town as they carried news items from the town's local papers and local government offices. 

Much has changed since the early days but the envelopes go out every fortnight as they have always done.

The service is entirely reliant on volunteers. We hope you enjoy this episode, which may bring back some memories for you. 

The full archives are due to be handed over to the town library, the Carmarthenshire Archives and the National Library of Wales

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William’s Story

October 19th, 2017

William has been homeless and having found God he now volunteers to help the homeless. William's outlook is quite simple."He who has two coats, let him give to him who has none." 

 

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David Elliot- The Volunteer’s Story

October 16th, 2017

David Elliot is a volunteer at the soup kitchen in Llanelli. David has been homeless himself and has become an advocate for the homeless. His concerns are that the problem of homelssness in Llanelli is growing and that the town is seeing the creation of an 'underclass' who remain invisible to the local authority and service providers. David is calling for a greater emphasis on advocacy for the homeless and those who are sofa surfing. David says he would like this service to be provided by an independent source. 

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Richard

October 16th, 2017

Richard struggles with mental health issues and says that trying to navigate the system to try and find accommodation is frustrating. He champions the establishment of an advocacy service for vulnerable people. We spoke to Richard at Y Lle when he was attending the soup kitchen. This is Richard's story.

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Open Your Eyes

October 15th, 2017

We spoke to 18-year-old Ayden who is homeless. He says he has been told he is not a priority for accommodation.  His message to the council and service providers is 'open your eyes and provide suport to these people'.

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Llanerch Green Field Camapign

September 20th, 2017

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Sam Williams

September 13th, 2017

Sam Williams is a young man from Llanelli who has been through a lot in his short lifetime. He has had numerous medical conditions and faced many obstacles on a daily basis, which he has had to overcome.

Sam has a genetic disorder, which has resulted in him having epilepsy since he was 8-weeks-old. He also had to have glasses from that age to try and save his sight.

Sam’s mother Shell Williams is immensely proud of her son and she told us a little about his life to date. She said: “Sam never fitted into school. He struggled with sight issues, dyslexia, medicine fog and lack of social skills due to his autism.”

At eleven an unrelated condition caused Sam to loose his sight overnight.

Listen to Sam's story here.

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