• Past Times

    THIS week's old picture has been submitted by historian Tony Lee, of High Street, Ammanford. It shows Pontaman Post Office before its closure in the 1970s.

  • Pause for thought

    Have you heard of Festus? Read Acts 25 (13-22). Little is known about this man except that he was very different from his predecessor Felix, in that his governorship was neither corrupt nor oppressive and he seems to have had a real concern for Roman

  • Putting Ammanford on the map

    ONE of Ammanford's most famous exports returned home last week to put Ammanford on the map. Last week, John Rhys Davies, aka Gimli the Dwarf of Lord of the Rings, was in town filming for S4C's magazine programme Popcorn. Originally, Popcorn hoped to film

  • Pop Idol returns

    CALLING all Divas and Crooners, following the overwhelming success of Ammanford Miner's Theatre's Amman Valley Pop Idol competition they have decided to do it again. The Theatre is teaming up with Symphonica Tywi to offer local talent the opportunity

  • Sidelines

    Coming home late one night was like driving in another world: empty streets, hardly another car on the road. You seem to be surrounded by echoes. Not a person anywhere, but there are animals who thrive on darkness. We sighted several prowling cats, glimpsed

  • concert scene

    AMMANFORD: Mwyniant Mai, Cyngerdd i ddathlu llwyddiant disgyblion yr Ysgol yn Eisteddfodau Clych a Sir yr Urdd ar dydd Iau, Mai 1 yn Neuadd Fawr yr Ysgol am 7 o'r gloch. Tocynnau ar gael wrth y drws. Oedolion £2, plant a phensiynwyr £1. Elw tuag at Clwb

  • Now it's up to the voters

    A FINE old election tradition was revived in Ammanford last week - a public meeting featuring the Assembly candidates for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr. After years of spin doctoring and media manipulation, residents were given a chance to come face to

  • Jobs boost that never was

    Elev8 Solutions was hailed as providing a much-needed jobs boost to the area just 17 months ago. In November 2001 company chairman Brian Leahy told the Guardian that it had started its initial recruitment drive for team leaders, call centre operatives

  • out & about scene

    AMMANFORD: Our Lady of the Rosary Coffee Morning/Table Top Sale on Friday, May 2 at 9.30am at the Church Hall, Wind Street. Admission 50p to include tea/coffee and biscuits. GELLI AUR: Gelli Aur May Day Fayre and Dog Show will be held this year on Monday

  • Drovers do the double

    Treorchy 0 Llandovery 65 Lloyds TSB National League Div1 (West) LLANDOVERY completed the double over a plucky but outclassed Treorchy side at the Rhondda Oval. For the second time in the season the Drovers ran in ten tries against the Zebras and have

  • Sex offender hides identity

    A SEX offender IS living in Ystradgynlais, the Guardian can exclusively reveal this week. But the newspaper has been banned by magistrates from naming him. Just weeks after police refused to confirm or deny rumours that a convicted paedophile was living

  • elev8 send staff home

    OFFICAL receivers have been called in to trouble-hit call centre Elev8 Solutions in Ammanford. The move on Tuesday, when staff were also sent home, followed legal action started by Carmarthenshire Council just days before. Bailiffs were sent in to the

  • Cwmgors crowned

    Cwmgors 68 Pembroke DQ 10 Lloyds TSB National League Div6 (West) Cwmgors have clinched the title with an emphatic victory at Parc y Werin. Demonstrating the entertaining, running rugby that has brought them so much success this season, they put on quite

  • 20 Years Ago . . .

    THESE are some of the stories which made the headlines in the South Wales Guardian in the week ending Thursday, April 28, 1983. After 60 years of providing recreational facilities for local children, Llandybie's Memorial Hall Committee have said they

  • Acoustic club debut

    A NEW folk and acoustic music club has been set up at the Tregib Arms pub in Brynaman. Hosted by Henry Marten's Ghost the new venue will run the first Thursday of each month starting on Thursday, May 1. The opening night will feature a performance of

  • Tributes to rugby pioneer

    TRIBUTES have been pouring in for Vernon Pugh who has died after a long illness. Pugh, from Glynmoch, Glanaman, lost his battle with cancer and passed away last Thursday night. He was 57. A qualified QC as well as a lover of rugby, he became one of the

  • Jail warning for truants' parents

    CARMARTHENSHIRE Council have confirmed that there are parents living in the Amman and Towy valleys who face jail over their children's truancy. They say there are currently seven prosecutions pending for parents of children who have failed to attend school

  • Cup challenges

    Llandovery cup news LLANDOVERY will be as keen as ever to retain the Tovali Challenge Cup when they take on Llangennech at Stradey Park on Tuesday, May 13 (ko 7pm). It will be back-to-back successes for the Drovers, who lifted last year's trophy following

  • Club man, 71, cleared of fondling

    AMMANFORD magistrates admitted they could not unravel conflicting stories in the case of the vice-chairman of the Royal British Legion Club and the barmaid. Peter Henry Arnold, aged 71, of Penybanc Road, Ammanford, had been accused of fondling the barmaid's

  • Finally finding form

    Seven Sisters 0-1 Cwmaman United Welsh League Division 3 CWMAMAN can rightly claim to be one of the form teams of the Welsh League as the season enters its final furlong. Jason Cousins went closest for Cwm in a scoreless opening half in this midweek league

  • pub & club scene

    CAPEL HENDRE: Nitestyle at the Kings Head, Capel Hendre on Friday (May 2). Entertainment every Friday. PENYGROES: Bingo at Penygroes RFC every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at 8pm. Jackpot houses up to £200.

  • future scene

    AMMANFORD: Mock Auction at the Bowls Clubs, Ammanford, on Friday, May 9 at 7.30pm in aid of local animal charities. Admission £3.75 including buffet and wine. AMMANFORD: Cartref Ael y Bryn Care Home, Penybanc hold a Jumble Sale and Coffee Morning on Friday

  • Recipe for success

    AMMANFORD Cricket Cub's new captain, Ieuan John, is under no misapprehension whatsoever about the key ingredient for success in the coming season. "Each player has to take responsibility for his own performance and not leave the job to others," insisted

  • gelli aur scene

    GATES to the Gelli Aur May Day Fayre will be open from 11am until 5pm this bank holiday Monday. The May Day fayre is organised by the Gelli Aur Local Appeals Committee and all proceeds raised are donated to a local community group, such as the school,

  • cinema scene

    BRYNAMAN: From Friday for 6 days at Brynaman Hall Cinema, Johnny English (PG). Phone (01269) 823232 for details. CROSS HANDS: On Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Wild Thornberrys (U).

  • It's a magnificant seven for Ammanford

    Ammanford U12s 7 Carmarthen 4 THE Under-12s played their last game of the season in a thoroughly entertaining fixture against high flying Carmarthen Town at the Rec. Carmarthen went in front in the third minute but the lead was short lived as Ammanford

  • New housing plan scrapped

    ACONTROVERSIAL new housing scheme at Llandeilo has been scrapped after a dramatic council U-turn. Carmarthenshire Council had looked set to approve proposals for a 20-house residential unit at the former Cawdor Motors site in Ffairfach but have had a

  • Dominating them

    Cwmllynfell 23 Felinfoel 6 Lloyds TSB National League Div 3 (West) CWMLLYNFELL defeated champions elect Felinfoel at Bryn Park more comprehensively than the scoreline suggests. Cwm started by dominating all phases and fly-half Paul Davies kicked a penalty

  • Jazz sensation coup for festival

    BRITAIN'S most exciting new jazz sensation will perform at Llandeilo this summer. Jamie Cullum, fresh from his appearance on the BBC's Michael Parkinson show, has just signed a multi million pound record deal with Universal. But the organisers of the

  • Dad doubtful of deaths inquiry

    THE father of landlady Caroline Evans wants a full independent inquiry into his daughter's death. Retired Ammanford vet Mr David Evans said he was sceptical about the internal review launched last week by the Crown Prosecution Service into the court case

  • Snake found behind fridge!

    COUNCIL workers clearing a house in Capel Hendre got a shock when a four-foot snake tried to attack them last week. The workmen were in the kitchen of a house in Bancyddraenen when they found the reptile, a yellow grass snake. They called in the expert

  • Ending on a high note!

    Saron Under 8s 1 Glynneath Under 8s 0 THIS fixture was the last in the season and what a game to end with. Good clean passing from James Lawlor, Steffan Rhys, Joshua Jordan and Kieron Duffyn kept the ball in their control. An early goal by Carl Morris

  • 20 Years Ago . . .

    THESE are some of the stories which made the headlines in the South Wales Guardian in the week ending Thursday, April 28, 1983. After 60 years of providing recreational facilities for local children, Llandybie's Memorial Hall Committee have said they

  • An inspired victory

    Ammanford 11 Amman United 20 Lloyds TSB National League Div 5 (West) In their last home game of the season, Ammanford, who were without several key players, were forced to surrender as the visitors came out on top in something of a drab local derby. The

  • Roman mystery solved

    A ROMAN Fort discovered at Llandeilo could be one of the largest ever uncovered in the UK. Early indications show that the exciting find, which was made by the National Trust at Dinefwr Park, is one of the most important of its kind in Britain. Gwilym

  • Carl tames the 'beast'

    HIGH FLIER: Fifteen-year-old Carl Jones has proved to be a challenge not only to other Welsh Motocross riders but also to his English, Scottish and Irish motocross rivals. With two races not completed due to injury, Carl, from Glanaman, managed a promising