Carmarthen Velodrome Redevelopment Update – 9th August 2017


The construction work is continuing and remains on schedule despite the recent wet weather.
It is very much hoped that the first cyclists will be able to use the track by the beginning of October, with plans in place to allow the three home rugby matches to be played by Carmarthen Quins during September to go ahead, as they have requested.
Work is now progressing to extend the existing rugby floodlighting around the entire perimeter of the cycling track; this will allow cyclists to use the track in a safer environment, especially during the darker evenings of the winter months when it is expected that demand to use the track will increase significantly, with many bookings already made with the Town Council.
An online booking system will be introduced once the velodrome is open but anyone wishing to make a booking in the meantime should contact Carmarthen Town Council on 01267 235199 or email alun@carmarthentowncouncil.gov.uk
The velodrome will be open 9am to 9pm throughout the year and it will be available for free use by the general public every morning Sunday to Friday, but charges will be made for other times of the day and for all group bookings. ‘Exclusive use’ charges are likely to be £25.00 per hour during daylight hours, with an extra charge made for the use of floodlights. These charges will cover running costs and also be reinvested in the future development of the velodrome and to provide staff during peak use periods.
‘Rules of use’ of the velodrome will be introduced and these will follow guidance from Welsh Cycling.
Carmarthen Town Council will be working with Welsh Cycling and local cycling clubs to provide coached cycling sessions for cyclists of all ability from the community.

 

 


Friday 18 August 2017, 7pm

Gallery talk by Lucille Junkere:
The Yoruba Blues - The art of indigo dyeing in Nigeria


Lucille Junkere returns to the gallery to talk about her indigo dyeing journey since her residency at the William Morris Gallery. She recently travelled to Nigeria through a Winston Churchill Fellowship where she studied indigo dyeing techniques amongst Yoruba artisans. Àdíre is the Yoruba word for the resist dyed cloth made in Yoruba towns in Nigeria. The textile functions both as an aesthetic expression and a means of communication, offering a deep insight into Yoruba religion, culture, folklore and history.

The talk with be illustrated with short videos, photography, music and Lucille’s own indigo work.

Admission Free


Saturday 19 August 2017, 11am-4pm

Workshop with Lucille Junkere:
Pattern making with indigo inspired by Nigerian resist textiles known as Àdíre


You will learn how to create and maintain a simple non-toxic indigo recipe which you can re-create at home. The recipe will enable you to dye plant fibres such as cotton and linen. You will also learn various pattern making techniques inspired by traditional Nigerian resist dyeing to create your own beautiful indigo dyed textile samples which you can take home and use for your own projects.

Cost: £25 includes materials
Suitable for age 16+
Booking Essential

Please bring an apron or wear old clothes, a pair of rubber gloves and some plastic bags to take the samples home.

PRESS RELEASE 22nd MAY 2017

REDEVELOPMENT OF CARMARTHEN VELODROME

Construction work to redevelop Carmarthen Velodrome has started at Carmarthen Park.

The appointed contractors – local firm GD Harries & Sons Ltd – moved onto the site last week (Monday 8th May) and construction work started on Monday 15th May.

The construction work is expected to take 20 weeks, with a target completion date of 29th September. Special arrangements are being made to allow all Carmarthen Quins RFC home league matches to take place as planned during September and Carmarthen Park will also remain open to the general public throughout this period.

Carmarthen Town Councillor Alun Lenny said: ‘It is great to see the building work going ahead. Planning consent was granted in April and a formal tendering procedure was then undertaken resulting in GD Harries & Sons Ltd being appointed as the sole contractor’.

Richard Burton, Commercial Manager with GD Harries & Sons Ltd said: ‘This is a hugely significant historical and sporting project and we are delighted to have been appointed to do this work for Carmarthen Town Council’.

Councillor Lenny continued: ‘The project has taken a few years to get to this point due to the uniquely challenging nature of the work involved. Because the velodrome is a listed building located within Carmarthen Park – which is a conservation area - we have taken specialist advice at every stage of the process to ensure that the redeveloped velodrome does not adversely affect the historical appearance and character of the Park. 

On top of that we had to consider very carefully the right type of surface for the redeveloped velodrome, making sure that public money is being spent in the most cost effective and appropriate way. Several different types of surface had to be tested by cyclists during the last year and ultimately this has resulted in the decision to replace all of the existing concrete – 232 concrete bays – with brand new concrete that hopefully will last another hundred years or so.

We have worked very closely with the local cycling community and the wider national cycling bodies (British Cycling and Welsh Cycling) to ensure that the new cycling surface will be fit for purpose and will be of the required standard that will allow national and possibly international competitions to take place once again in Carmarthen.

Two new key features will see a safety zone (or ‘blue zone’) being built along the entire inside perimeter of the track and also a safety fence around the entire outside edge of the track to afford protection to cyclists from coming into contact with the existing barriers – that cannot be removed due to their listed building status’.

The existing floodlights – designed to cater for rugby at the Park – will also need to be upgraded to ensure the safety of cyclists using the track during the darker winter evenings’.

Funding for the redevelopment of the velodrome has been provided by Sport Wales, Carmarthenshire County Council and Carmarthen Town Council.

 

 

 

 

Santes Dwynwen


Carmarthen Town Council and Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr are delighted to announce that thousands of entries have been received for the Santes Dwynwen Card Design Competition.

Secondary and Primary Schools have been involved across the county and we are currently looking through them all.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this competition, and a massive thank you to all the schools that supported this Fairtrade initiative.

Pictured are some of the wonderful entries that have been sent in.

 



Carmarthen Town River Association and River Festival made a presentation to its long standing minute secretary at their most recent meeting on Monday night 28th November.

Margaret, who has worked with the Town Council as the Committee Services Officer for over 13 years is retiring shortly and tributes were made to her on behalf of the association and committee by the respective chairmen Councillors Phil Grice (Carmarthen Town Council) and Dave Watson (Llangunnor Community Council).

Vic Nurton, who presented a bouquet of flowers to Margaret praised her work on behalf of the residents of Carmarthen for very many years and said that she was ‘irreplaceable’. She was also presented with the traditional chocolate cake by Ian McCue on behalf of the river users.

Carmarthen Town Council Sports Awards 2015

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