PRESS RELEASE – 3rd May 2012
Speaking success for Six Nations superstar
Scarlets and Wales grand slam rugby hero Jonathan Davies scored another success as guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Carmarthen Tywi. Addressing a large audience of Carmathen Tywi Rotarians and guests along with visiting rotarians from the Carmarthen and Lampeter clubs, Jonathan gave a fascinating insight into the life of the modern rugby professional. Speaking in an assured and natural style he mixed anecdotes and humour to talk about his rugby career from the early days of junior rugby in St Clears to the World Cup and Grand Slam. Everyone was intrigued to learn about the training camps in Poland and Jonathan explained in detail the rigours of the cryotherapy chambers where the players endured temperatures of -130 degrees. During questions he explained the dietary discipline required in the modern game, the best opponents he faced during the Six Nations and why his decision to continue his career at the Scarlets was based on rugby reasons.
In proposing a vote of thanks, past president Nigel Jones congratulated Jonathan on both the success of his career and the thoroughly absorbing presentation which he had delivered in such a mature and professional manner. He also passed on the best wishes of everyone present for continued success in the future especially in relation to his aspiration to become a British Lion.
To round off the evening Jonathan presented Carmathen Tywi Rotary Club President Steven Murphy with a Welsh rugby shirt signed by all the members of the Six Nations squad in the the hope that it could be used at a future event to raise money for local charities.
PRESS RELEASE – 3rd May 2012
Rotary recognition for unsung community heroes
Irfon and Jean Jones of Bronwydd and Brian Jones MBE managing director of Castell Howell Foods Ltd. were recently presented with Rotary Community Awards by the Rotary Club of Carmarthen Tywi. The awards provide recognition for outstanding service to the community and in nominating Irfon and Jean, past president Eric Starkey explained their outstanding contribution to the community in Bronwydd. Without their hard work and effort over very many years the Village Hall in particular would not be the busy focal point that it is, providing facilities and activities for Bronwydd and the surrounding area. They were also a driving force behind the development of the playing fields and very involved in village events such as the best kept garden competition which contribute to making Bronwydd a vibrant and lively community.
Rotarian Mike Davies explained that while Brian Jones was a well know business man with Castell Howell being a large local employer, his contribution to the community was much more extensive and was fully deserving of a Community Award. His support for all sorts of local organisations and charities particularly in the field of sport, often passed unnoticed but was a significant factor in their ongoing sustainability and success.
PRESS RELEASE – 21st March 2012
Boxing club rewarded for its role in Rotary club fund raising
Carmarthen amateur boxing club was recently presented with a cheque for £1,250 in recognition of the help it provides the Rotary Club of Carmarthen Tywi raise funds to support local charities. A gala charity boxing dinner organised each year in partnership with the boxing club is the Rotary Club’s main fund raising event of the year. Boxing dinner organiser immediate past president Cledwyn Davies explained that the collaboration with the boxing club was a great example of two local organisations working together for mutual benefit and to the benefit of the wider community. He said “the funds raised from the boxing dinner have enabled us recently for example, to make a significant donation to Canolfan Plant Sir Gâr and support a local youth club buy sports equipment. We hope that this donation will also help the boxing club grow and prosper so that it can continue the excellent work it does with the youth of our community”
PRESS RELEASE – 3rd August 2012
New President takes over at the Rotary Club of Carmarthen Tywi
Marc Pascoe from Nantgaredig started his term of office as the 2012 - 13 President of the Rotary Club of Carmarthen Tywi at a recent handover dinner in the Ivy Bush Hotel. Outgoing President Steven Murphy passed on the Chain of Office following another successful year for the Club. During his handover speech Steven reflected on the work and fundraising undertaken by the Club saying “it has been a busy and satisfying year and it is particularly pleasing that Carmarthen Tywi Rotary Club has been able to raise funds and support local needy causes. The efforts of our members have contributed to a great feeling of friendship and fellowship in the Club and reinforced the Club’s desire to support and be part of the local community”. Organisations which have benefitted from the Club’s activities include Carmarthen Rainbow Club, Richmond Park School Special Unit, Carmarthen Amateur Boxing Club, Canolfan Plant Sir Gâr, Llanybri Youth Club and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Incoming President Marc congratulated Steven on the success of his year and said “I am looking forward to the challenge ahead and to leading the Club forward by maintaining the momentum provided by the great ethos of fun and fellowship in this Club. My objective is to ensure that we continue to serve the local community and in particular our young people who are the key to the community’s future”
Outgoing President Steven Murphy (left) congratulates incoming President Marc Pascoe (right)
Officers and members of the Rotary Club of Carmarthen Tywi. Seated from Left to Right:
Andrew Edwards (President Elect 2013-14), Marc Pascoe (President 2012-13), John Pascoe (Past President Rotary Club of Plymouth), Steven Murphy (Immediate Past President)
PRESS RELEASE – 8th August 2012
Rotary Golfers raise money for Charity
Almost 100 golfers took part in the recent Carmarthen Tywi Rotary Club annual golf day which raised a record £2,500 for charity. Teams from as far afield as Hereford and Merthyr Tydfil participated in the highly successful day with the winning team from Gerald Vaughan Estate Agents donating the £500 first prize to Wales Air Ambulance. The runners up from the Welsh Entertainers Do-Gooders Golf Enjoyment Society which has provided in excess of £100,000 to good causes since its inception in 1993 donated the £300 second prize to McMillan Nurses. The team from Towy Works donated the £200 third prize to the Ty Llewellyn Resource Centre at Glangwili Hospital.
The prizes were presented by Steven Murphy the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Carmarthen Tywi who congratulated the winners on their success and also Carmarthen Golf Club for the immaculate condition of the course. He also thanked all the sponsors for their support saying “the charity golf day is one of our key fund raising events of the year and the involvement of local business through entering teams and providing sponsorship is integral to its success”
Carmarthen Tywi Rotary Club meets at 8:00pm on Tuesdays at the Ivy Bush Hotel
Left – Right: Winning captain Gerald Vaughan, Steven Murphy Immediate Past President Carmarthen Tywi Rotary Club, David Thomas Captain of Carmarthen Golf Club
PRESS RELEASE : 14th November 2012
Young chefs excel in Rotary competition
Budding chefs from Ysgol Bro Myrddin and Queen Elizabeth High School displayed their culinary skills this week in the Carmarthen final of the Rotary Young Chef competition. Held at the Coleg Sir Gâr Training Restaurant in Pibwrlwyd, the six competitors had two hours cooking time to prepare a three course meal for two with ingredients costing no more than £15. They also had 30 minutes to set up before cooking and this included laying out two place settings. Judges Stewart Williams, executive chef at the Stradey Park Hotel and Peter Ware chef/lecturer at Coleg Sir Gâr were extremely impressed with the standard. Stewart said “the level of cooking was incredibly high and some of the dishes were equal if not better than those produced by chefs earning £25,000 a year” He particularly complemented a duck main course and a lemon posset.
Winner Siwan Jones of Ysgol Bro Myrddin prepared a menu of cod fritters with a seafood dip, pork medallions with a red pepper and leek sauce, potato and swede mash and vegetables followed by an orange and white chocolate cheesecake. Siwan and runner up Ben Thomas-Davies from Queen Elizabeth High School will now go on to represent the Rotary Clubs of Carmarthen Tywi and Carmarthen in the Rotary Area Final on 22nd January 2013 which will also take place at Pibwrlwyd.
Event organiser, Wyn Rees of Carmarthen Tywi Rotary Club congratulated all the competitors on the magnificent food they had produced and particularly thanked the staff at Coleg Sir Gâr for their help and support as well as the teachers at both schools for the way they had encouraged and developed the skills of the competitors.
PRESS RELEASE : 21st November 2012
Knock out boxing dinner raises £4,800 for local charities
An evening of high quality international boxing wowed a crowd of over 200 at Carmarthen Leisure Centre and raised thousands of pounds for local charities. Organised by the Rotary Club of Carmarthen Tywi in collaboration with Carmarthen Amateur Boxing Club, the charity dinner show featured five boxers from the Spire Club in Chesterfield and three from the Wellington Boxing Academy in Telford up against boxers from the Carmarthen club. Other boxers on the 11 bout card came from boxing clubs in Ammanford, Cardigan, Pembroke, Port Talbot, Tumble, Swansea and the Prizefighter Gym Carmarthen.
Ryan Jackson and James Williams of Carmarthen won their bouts and the high standard of their boxing was equalled throughout the card with many bouts being decided on majority decisions reflecting the competive and high quality boxing on show. Combined with the Wales v England dimension this drew an enthusiastic response from an appreciative audience.
The resounding success of the boxing was matched by fund raising success with £4,800 being raised for local Rotary charities including the boxing club. Event organiser Rotarian Cledwyn Davies said “this has been an incredibly successful evening both in terms of the quality of the boxing and for the amount of money raised which is a record for us. I must thank all the local businesses who have contributed by advertising in the programme and sponsoring bouts as well as the paying guests who gave so generously in the auctions and raffle on the night. Particular thanks must also go the Spire and Wellington boxing clubs for travelling such a long way and the very significant contribution they have made to a successful night. Finally, I want to thank Carmarthen Boxing Club especially Dave Maskell and Jeff Thomas for the hard work they put in to making the show happen and perhaps more importantly for all the excellent work they do with our local youngsters”.
PRESS RELEASE – 8th January 2014
Talented teens triumph in Rotary music competition
Talented young singers and instrumentalists from Carmarthen delivered a wonderful musical experience during the first round of the national Rotary Young Musician competition held recently at Queen Elizabeth High School. After two evenings of competition, adjudicator John Morgan had the extremely difficult task of choosing two contestants from each of the vocal and instrumental competitions to represent the Rotary Clubs of Carmarthen and Carmarthen Tywi at the next round in Aberystwyth on 30th January.
Rebecca Miles and Sarah Roberts emerged as the two winners from the talent on show in the vocal section while Kane Howard Bunt (violin) and Andrea Chang Jones (piano) won through in the highly competitive instrumental section.
Before announcing the winners John Morgan complemented all the competitors on their performances and provided detailed individual feedback on each one. Given the technical singing and playing skills on display Mr Morgan explained the winners were ultimately chosen for the way they had “engaged with the music”. He also emphasised the importance of moving forward musically and gave very constructive advice to each of the winners on which elements of their performances they needed to focus on in preparation for the next round which would be at a higher level again.
Andrew Edwards president of the Rotary Club of Carmarthen Tywi congratulated all the competitors and reflected on how well they represented the pool of talented young musicians in the area.
For further Information contact Cledwyn Davies: e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel – 01267 290642 or 07980 634698
1. Instrumental section competitors
2. Instrumental section winners
3. Vocal section competitors
PRESS RELEASE – 5th August 2013
New President takes over at the Rotary Club of Carmarthen Tywi
Andrew Edwards from Cwmffrwd started his term of office as the 2013 -14 President of the Rotary Club of Carmarthen Tywi at a recent handover dinner in the Ivy Bush Hotel. Outgoing President Marc Pascoe passed on the Chain of Office following another successful year for the Club. During his handover speech Marc reflected on the work and fundraising undertaken by the Club saying “it has been a busy and satisfying year and it is particularly pleasing that Carmarthen Tywi Rotary Club has been able to raise funds and support local needy causes. The efforts of our members have contributed to a great feeling of friendship and fellowship in the Club and reinforced the Club’s desire to support and be part of the local community”. Fund raising activities such as the annual charity boxing dinner and golf day have enabled the club to support local organizations including Carmarthen Rainbow Club, Richmond Park School Special Unit, Carmarthen Amateur Boxing Club, Carmarthen Youth Opera, Carmarthen FC Academy and Canolfan Elfed in QE High School.
Incoming President Andrew welcomed visiting teachers from Lesotho on an exchange visit to Carmarthen and congratulated Marc on his year in office. He said “I am looking forward to the challenge ahead and to leading the Club forward to another successful year. We have a great ethos in this Club and my objective is to use that as a focus to ensure that we continue to serve our local community and deliver Rotary ideals and objectives”.
PRESS RELEASE – 15th May 2013
Rotary recognition for unsung community heroes
Tom Pointon from Johnstown and Mrs Jean Long MBE from Carmarthen were recently presented with Rotary Community Awards by the Rotary Club of Carmarthen Tywi. The awards provide recognition for outstanding service to the community and in nominating Tom, past president Eric Starkey explained the extensive contribution Tom had made over many decades to developing and maintaining a strong feeling of community in Johnstown. His work with Johnstown primary school in recent years was particularly highlighted. Apart from being a school governor Tom spends many hours on a voluntary basis in the school helping the pupils to develop, amongst other things, an appreciation of gardening and the skills needed to grow vegetables. He has also built an extensive model farm from scrap materials picked up around the school which has proved to be an extremely valuable teaching aid.
Past president Cledwyn Davies explained that Mrs Jean Long was a worthy recipient of a community award because of the decades of work she had devoted to Christ Church, Lammas St. Apart from being a former churchwarden, she has been Secretary of the Parochial Church Council and Parish Treasurer for many years and has also run the Parish Women's Guild for several decades. Her dedication ensures that the church runs smoothly, that its building and organ are kept in good repair and as importantly, ensures that newcomers and visitors are made welcome. In her ‘spare time’ she has raised in excess of £300,000 for cancer research and been secretary of the Carmarthen Gardening Club for almost 30 years.
PRESS RELEASE – 8th January 2014
CARMARTHEN RUGBY LIONS TURN OUT FOR ROTARY
Over 300 people recently attended a fundraising dinner organised by the Rotary Club of Carmarthen Tywi to celebrate the nine Carmarthen & District players who have been selected for the British & Irish Lions since the District was formed in 1950.
Jonathan Davies and Ken Owens who toured New Zealand with the Lions in 2017 were joined by former Lions Delme Thomas, Gerald Davies, Roy Bergiers and Ieuan Evans. There was also a special welcome for Mari Gravell, wife of the late, great Ray Gravell. The remaining Carmarthen Lions Stephen Jones and Mike Phillips were unable to attend but sent messages of support by video link.
Host for the night, Carmarthen’s own Wynne Evans, used his humour and charisma to develop a lively fun atmosphere which he maximised to great effect during the auction which included a Lamborghini for a weekend and signed British & Irish Lions shirts from the 2013 tour to Australia and the 2017 tour to New Zealand.
Guests were able to quiz the Lions in a Q&A session. Jonathan and Ken were in the hot seats but host Wynne involved the other Lions who all entertained with memories of touring, matches that stood out and longstanding friendships made with team mates and opponents.
Carmarthen Tywi Rotary Club President Mike Davies said “We have had a very successful evening and special thanks go to everyone who has attended, not least the Lions who have turned out in force to support our fundraising efforts. It also has to be said that such success would not have been possible without the support of our main sponsor Castell Howell Foods Ltd and the generosity of those who have donated raffle prizes and auction items”.
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Notes to Editors:
1. Final figures are not yet available but early estimates suggest that approximately £13,000 will have been raised primarily to support worthy local causes.
2. Wales and British & Irish Lions Coach Warren Gatland was to have been guest of honour but returned to New Zealand during the week following the death of his father.