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  • Old picture

    This week's old picture was taken at a party in 1967 for the children of workers at the former Alan Paine knitwear factory in New Road, Ammanford. A Happy Christmas to the many readers who recognise themselves - or their parents! read more

  • Past Times

    Our old picture this week was sent in a reader and shows the pupils at Ammanford Central School in 1947. read more

  • Pause for thought

    Thy Kingdom Come (The Lord's prayer). read more

  • Pause for thought

    'What are you doing here, Elijah?" (1 Kings 19). read more

  • Sidelines

    There I was sitting comfortably in front of the television one evening last week, the cat purring on my knees, when I remembered we needed milk. read more

  • 20 Years Ago . . .

    These are some of the stories which made the headlines in the South Wales Guardian in the week ending Thursday, December 15, 1983. read more

  • 20 Years Ago . . .

    These are some of the stories which made the headlines in the South Wales Guardian in the week ending Thursday, November 17, 1983. read more

  • 20 Years Ago . . .

    These are some of the stories which made the headlines in the South Wales Guardian on the week ending Thursday September 5 1983 read more

  • Past times

    Past Times 20 Years Ago . . . These are some of the stories, which made the headlines in the South Wales Guardian in the week ending Thursday December 22 1983. lAmmanford's Mayor has complained that the Civic Hall is not being utilised enough for functions. Councillors were told that the cost of heating the hall was terrific and that the floor was not suitable for dancing. lBritish Rail celebrated the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Great Western Railway network in the Amman Valley area. lAmmanford Town Council objected to the application for a plan to build a motel and restaurant in High Street. lAC Bryer, Chairman of Llandeilo magistrates, retired after 21 years service to the bench. He received the MBE in the New Years Honours list shortly afterwards. lLlandybie Community Council have ordered a dozen stiles to be delivered for various footpaths in the parish. lDelyth Jones who played darts for the Telegraph Hotel, Ammanford, has been picked to play for the Welsh team. lCwmtawe Sub-aqua Club have become the Welsh underwater hockey champions for the third year running. read more

  • Sidelines

    Several of my friends have been caught on speed cameras and it's made me edgy, even though I've only been snapped once, 18 months ago (and even then it was just over the limit on a hill near my home, where there have been very few, if any accidents). read more

  • Plenty of energy but not much more

    Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back together after eight years as Mike and Marcus for this sequel - a sort of Lethal Weapon without the crackling chemistry between the partners - one an adrenaline fiend (Mike), the other a steadier family man looking for a way out. The plot is brutally simple: get the Cuban drug lord. Add in a subplot: Marcus' daughter is Mike's lover, and she's also with the cops chasing the evil Cuban; and there's plenty of room left over for endless chases, gun battles and pithy, well-timed quips. M and M start off busting a load of small-time drug-dealing Klansmen, and from there it's a question of joining the dots and calling on incredible police resources to hunt down the rogue Cuban. Their journey takes in some memorable scenes - a comedy sketch in a TV shop and a gross-out search of a morgue - before a final showdown in Cuba. The action is endless and often verges on becoming tedious, but is spread out with funny scenes and snappy humour. Some of it prompts snorts of laughter, though much of it fits racial or sexual templates. Silly? Yes. Funny? Not always. M and M's relationship, and its breakdown and recovery, is poorly portrayed by both leading men, and the clanking script doesn't help. But Joe Pantoliano does an excellent irate police captain. And director Michael Bay (The Rock, Armageddon, Bad Boys) has slickly put together the speedboats, choppers and fraught radio communications ("Go! Go! Go!"). His best camerawork is involving, which is just as well, as the film is far too long at over two hours 20 minutes. Special effects and the muscle of the US authorities are on proud display, and in stereo splendour those machine guns each have their own wonderful notes: some chatter, some thud, some burst. There's lots of energy, but not much else. Bad Boys II is neither good nor bad, just OK. Bad Boys will be featuring at Brynaman Cinema from Friday, November 7, for seven days. To reserve your ticket contact the box office on 01269 823232 read more

  • 20 Years Ago . . .

    These are some of the stores which made the headlines in the south Wales Guardian in the week ending Thursday, September 15, 1983. read more

  • 20 years ago

    Past Times 20 Years Ago . . . These are some of the stories which made the headlines in the South Wales Guardian in the week ending Thursday, November 24, 1983. lAccording to the county council's education committee, there are still 106 schools in Dyfed with outside toilets only. lOver 90 per cent of Cwmaman residents are opposed to National Coal Board plans for a new opencast mine at Garnant. lLlandeilo Farmers Hunt met and rode to hounds every Saturday during November and December. Following age old tradition the Boxing Day meet will be at Llandeilo with the Cawdor Arms Hotel as hosts and the New Year meet at the Cennen Arms, Trap. lAmmanford Town council announced that they were determined to retain the use of their committee room, despite being asked to relinquish it by Dinefwr Borough Council, who said they needed it for housing department staff. lThe Cawdor Arms Hotel, Llandeilo became the scene of high drama when Buckleys, the Llanelli brewers and wine merchants, joined the Beaujolais Noveau scramble to France. Simon Buckley's car broke down on the M4 on the return journey. As a result, guests waiting to sample the new wine had to drink coffee only for four hours. New French wine sold for around £2.68 in 1983. lThe Welsh Water Authority introduced an inclusive licence to fish for salmon and sewin in all local rivers for an annual price of £21.65 read more

  • Mystery Divas

    Treasures galore are regularly handed in to local charity shops and forgotten. read more

  • Pause for thought

    The Complacent Church. "See, I stand knocking at the door". (Revelation 3:20). read more

  • Left wanting more

    IF you are planning a cosy evening in front of the fire with a good video rent yourselves Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, a northern film with a western flair. The story centres around a love triangle between the timid Shirley Henderson (Shirley), boy racer Rhys Ifans (Dek) and petty thief Robert Carlyle (Jimmy). Jimmy abandoned Shirley and her daughter Finn Atkin (Marlene), but while on the run from a gang of criminals he double-crossed, tries to win back the affections of Shirley. He goes to stay with Ricky Tomlinson (Charlie), whose unconventional relationship with Kathy Burke provides much of the humour in the film, before muscling his way back into the family home. Rhys Ifans and Robert Carlyle bounce off each other in this film providing some classic comedy moments, but you are left wanting more from Burke and Tomlinson. The Guardian have two copies of this fantastic comedy to be won. All you have to do is answer this simple question and send you answers to Midlands Comp, S W Guardian, 37 Quay Street, Ammanford, SA18 3BS. The firsttwo correct entries drawn will win. Usual game rules apply. read more

  • Sidelines

    I'VE always though of myself as one of the more careful (when it comes to money) members of my family. read more

  • Singing in the street

    WITH the help of highly acclaimed record producer John Anthony, who has worked with Queen and Roxy Music, Streets Youth Project, Ammanford is to hold a gala concert, promoting the talent evolving in the locality. Catherine Thomas, aged 19, of Ammanford, who writes her own material, has been attending Streets for several months, she will be given the opportunity of performing infront of a live audience for the first time. She will perform a couple of cover songs but will also perform several of her own songs. Llanelli Pop Idol Simon Thomas, (right) aged 17, is no stranger to performing live but this will be the first time he has performed in a concert of this scale. Urban Soul (left) became involved with Streets through the Job Centre's New deal scheme. He is hoping this show is launch pad he needs to get into the music indutry. This is the first time he has been given the chance to show what he is made of. Noise Candy, will headline the show. The Guardian have three pairs of tickets to be won. All you have to do is fill in the coupon below and send your answer to Street Comp, S W Guardian, 37 Quay Street, Ammanford, SA18 3BS by Wednesday, November 12.. First three correct entries drawn win. Usual game rules apply read more

  • 20 Years Ago . . .

    These are some of the stories which made the headlines in the South Wales Guardian in the week ending Thursday, October 20, 1983. A Garnant headmaster protested loudly that the water supply to his school had been cut off without warning six times in the previous few months. Apparently, the local water control office in Swansea did not even know where the school was. Dyfed County council and Dinefwr Borough Council agreed to make provision for a permanent lorry park at Llandovery, to replace the one at the Church Bank Industrial Estate. Dinefwr councillors criticised their colleagues for failing to turn up for council meetings, especially those involving boundary changes. Work started on constructing the new children's playing at Trefrhiw Road, Penybanc, despite protests that constructing a playground there would disturb the peace of the local community. A disruptive 16-year-old Llandovery boy was made the subject of a supervision order by local magistrates for making a hoax bomb call to Llandovery High School during the O-level examination period. Figures published by the National Farmers' Union indicated that attacks on livestock by dogs in Wales had increased dramatically during the year, with 1,636 sheep reported slaughtered since January. Heavy rainfall and high winds washed out many of the area's sporting fixtures at the weekend. Many fixtures from the Buckley Swansea and District rugby championships had to be postponed. Meanwhile, the Llanelli and District Rugby Union programme was wiped out, as was the Ushers Championship. read more

  • Phantom to appear in Ystrad

    HIJINX Theatre present I Shot Buffalo Bill by Paul Conway at The Welfare, Ystradgynlais on Thursday Nov 6th at 7.30pm. Wagons Roll in Ystradgynlais when Hijinx's latest production takes inspiration from the extraordinary showman Buffalo Bill. This fast moving , funny story will captivate the imagination as it interweaves the ordinary lives of a welsh family in the larger than life characters from the world of the Wild West. Tickets are £6 and£5. The theatre are also proud to present The Phantom and the Opera, on Saturday, November 8, with a host of stars from London. Stars who have strutted their stuff on the West End Stage will recrerate timeless classics from variuos musicals such as Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera and many many more. Tickets are priced at £8.50 and £7.50 and are available from the box office on 01639 843163. read more

  • 20 Years Ago . . .

    These are some of the stories which made the headlines in the South Wales Guardian in the week ending Thursday, December 1, 1983. read more

  • Faces from the past

    Do you recognise any of these Pullmaflex workers? If so, give Eira Fitgerald who lives in Tirydail Lane, Ammanford, a call on 01269 591374. She says the picture was taken during a lunchtime break in 1949. Her sister-in-law, who died many years ago, is the young lady on the left. Stting behind her is Beryl Pines, who has also passed away. read more

  • Past Times

    Ammanford cricketers are pictured in their old stand in the early 1960s We don't know why the picture was taken. Perhaps our readers have more information. read more

  • Down memory lane

    This week's old snap shows the pupils of Twyn School, Garnant, in 1955. It was brought in by Mrs C Griffiths, whose children are all in the picture. read more

  • Past Times

    Those were the days for Ammanford Silver Band. In 1963 they won the 'People' Challenge shield in the National Brass Band competition. read more

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