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New app leads explorers on a trail around improved Llyn Llech Owain Country Park

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A new augmented reality explorer trail has been launched for families to enjoy a new experience at Carmarthenshire’s Llyn Llech Owain Country Park.

The trail forms part of a series of improvements at the park including visitor and education centres, a revamped early years children’s playground, landscaping and upgraded footpaths, and a Wellbeing Work-hub for people to work and hold meetings in its peaceful surroundings.

Families can now download a new ‘Explorer Trail LLO’ app on their smartphone and use it to follow a trail around the park listening to stories about the area’s history and the exciting things that can be found there.

Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, Cllr Emlyn Dole said: “Llyn Llech Owain Country Park is a beautiful place for families to enjoy, and we’re pleased to be investing in facilities for everyone to enjoy. As well as the new explorer trail and other physical improvements, we have created a Wellbeing Work-hub to give people a unique and peaceful place to work and meet which forms part of our economic recovery plan as we emerge from the pandemic.”

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Cabinet Member for culture, sport and tourism, added: “Llyn Llech Owain is one of Carmarthenshire’s three beautiful country parks, and offers tranquil surroundings where families can get some fresh air and connect with nature. We’re excited to be bringing new developments to the park to give families something different to do as they enjoy their time together outdoors.

“Not only do the improvements enhance the area, they open up more opportunities for the park.”

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The landing page of the new Explorer Trail app

Carmarthenshire County Council secured funding of £185,000 for the improvements through the Welsh Government’s Valleys Regional Park scheme.

The park became one of 12 sites across Wales to be awarded VRP Discovery Gateway status last year.

Phil Lewis, Valleys Regional Park Programme Lead, said: “It is brilliant to have Llyn Llech Owain in our family of Discovery Gateways. The diverse landscapes, existing and new facilities funded by VRP provide an ideal showcase of the Valleys, for our communities and visitors.”

Find out more about Llyn Llech Owain Country Park by visiting www.discovercarmarthenshire.com and information about the Valleys Regional Park scheme at www.valleysregionalpark.wales

To book space at the Wellbeing Work-hub, email HWBLLO@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

The new ‘Explorer Trail LLO’ app is available to download on most smartphones and compatible devices through the app store.

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West Wales car dealership to double in size

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Dafen-based Llanelli Motor Company have broken ground on a new development that will see their forecourt double in size over the coming months.

Led by Managing Director Ian Jonathan, the two-phase project will see the independent car dealership increase the number of used vehicles it has on sale to over 400 by January 2023.

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“It’s certainly an exciting period for the business,” said Ian, “and with the significant changes to the used car market, we felt now was the right time to start the project, which has been in the pipeline for over five years.”

Although the business was potentially looking at 2020 as a start date for the developments, the Coronavirus Pandemic put the brakes on the project.

However, since the easing of lockdown restrictions and the delay in obtaining new vehicles, the used car market has seen an unprecedented spike in demand.

Dafen based Llanelli Motor Company is planning to double in size
The company have broken ground on an expansion that will see over 400 cars on sale by the end of January 2023

“The last 12 months have been exceptionally busy,” continued Ian.

“No sooner are we finalising our 140-point safety check on vehicles before placing them on the forecourt, than they are being purchased within a matter of days”.

With the ability to stock 150 nearly new vehicles of all makes and models at the moment, the 1-acre expansion will increase this to 250 by September before more than doubling it to 400 by the spring of 2023.

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In order to facilitate this growth, the company will also be entering a recruitment phase and looking to employ at least 10 new members of staff across its sales, workshop and admin teams as well as taking on new apprenticeships.

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Swansea man’s delight as he scoops combined £37,000 cash-and-car prize

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A Swansea man who was feeling lucky during the working week was left in a state of delighted disbelief on finding out he had won a combined £37,000 cash-and-car prize with online competitions company BOTB.

Anthony Brain from Swansea could not believe his luck when BOTB’s Christian Williams picked up the phone to let him know he was the winner of its Midweek Lifestyle competition.

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Anthony, who works for Swansea-based automotive products company Marelli, scooped a brand new BMW 128ti, as well as a cash prize of £2,000.

After recovering from his initial shock, Anthony said: “It’s absolutely unbelievable – I’m over-the-moon and still on a real high from it. It’s rare that I take part in the Midweek Lifestyle Competition – I think I’ve only entered it once or twice before – but I was feeling lucky during the working week, so thought ‘why not?’ When I got the call to say I’d won, I was stunned.

“Being a car enthusiast, I’m really excited about winning the car but the cash is brilliant too. We’ve already booked some holidays with some of the winnings, including to Italy and Florida. It’s nice to have something to look forward to.”

Anthony said his prize win has prompted colleagues to throw their hat in the ring and give BOTB’s competitions a go.

He added: “The thing is you’ve got to be in it to win it – and I think once you know someone who has won, you feel more hopeful that you could be in with a chance. I’d encourage anyone thinking about entering to try it for themselves.”

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Other recent winners have bagged a motorbike, a luxury holiday to Barbados and £15,000 in cash. 

The company, listed on the stock market, was founded by William Hindmarch in 1999 and has given away more than £47m worth of cars so far. 

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Winner winner, weekday dinners: Morrisons introduces midweek dinners for under a fiver in its cafés

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Amidst the cost of living crisis, supermarket giant Morrisons is introducing a ‘meal of the day’ for under a fiver to its cafés nationwide.

Every weekday from 3pm, a ‘Daily Special’ will be discounted, offering a saving of up to £3.89 on the individual product price.

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The meal on offer will rotate each day and customers can choose from British roast chicken served with chips and coleslaw, a hearty chicken tikka masala, a 9-piece breakfast brunch, a succulent British cheeseburger served with chips and coleslaw and the ultimate beer-battered fish and chips.

The offer includes a drink and vegetarian alternatives are also available.

Each meal will be priced at £4.99, which the supermarket chain says makes them cheaper than the same evening meals at Wetherspoons, Harvester and Beefeater.

Morrisons also say that kids can also eat free all day with the purchase of any adult meal, meaning a family of four can enjoy a meal out together for just £9.98.

Ali Lyons, Head of Morrisons Cafés, says: “We know how hard it is for our customers at the moment and we want to make sure they are still able to enjoy a meal out, even on a budget. We’ve handpicked these favourites so that no matter what day it is, our customers can enjoy a saving.”

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Morrisons £4.99 offer will be available in its 406 cafés nationwide after 3pm every weekday. The ‘Daily Specials’ on offer are:

MondayRoast Chicken served with Chips & Coleslaw or Cheese & Onion Quiche served with Chips & Coleslaw 
TuesdayChicken Tikka Masala or Mac ‘n’ Cheese 
WednesdayBreakfast Brunch or Full Vegetarian Breakfast 
ThursdayCheeseburger served with Chips & Coleslaw  or Vegetarian burger served with Chips & Coleslaw 
FridayUltimate Fish & Chips

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