Who’s at the Market this Saturday?

This Saturday the Forum Market is in its new home at the old Education Centre, Ferryside. And to celebrate we are offering a FREE CUP OF TEA OR COFFEE  to all Forum members and a warm welcome to everyone. We will have the following:

New plant stall – JOHNS PLANTS

Chicken and ducks eggs plus fresh vegetables – JOHN AND JILL -Llansaint

Jams and Chutneys- DAVE JAM

Soil Association ORGANIC vegetables – BANC ORGANICS

Hand made jewellery – ADELE

Paintings and Glass work -JIM GREER

Delicious home made quiches, cakes and fresh baked Focaccia breads-  from LUCY’S KITCHEN

Market Cafe for Filter Coffee, tea and cake.

See you there. Starts at 10 until 1 p.m.


3rd August. The Market is moving to the Ferryside Education Centre

The market is moving to the grassed area near the entrance to the old Education centre close to the Doctors Surgery. We are moving because parking and access will be easier We are keen to get this unused land back in use by the community. We have plans to improve the look of the market and make it a better experience for those coming along.

Plant stall 27th july

The market is growing, this week we had  fresh vegetables and eggs from Llanaint and a new plant stall as well as Soil Association approved Organic vegetables from Banc Organics, Dave’s jams and chutneys ,Adele’s jewellery, Lucy’s quiches and cakes, organic olive and sunflower oil ( refills only) recycled books and DVDs as well as the popular Market cafe.

Eggs and Vegetables from llansaintDave Jam July 27th

Come along this Saturday – please tell your friends and neighbours. 10 til 1p.m

Thanks to Sue Abbot for the pics and for managing the cafe and to Sandra and Jean for stall holding!

Mudiad Cymdeithasol Glanyfferi/ FSEG

 Mudiad Cymdeithasol Glanyfferi/Ferryside Social Enterprise Group

News Item

The secretary, Mr Les Jones gave a progress report on a meeting with Carmarthen County Council  who stressed the need for FSEG to demonstrate charity status, fundraising ability and community involvement. The County were agreeable for FSEG to sub-let once the site is leased. As a non-profit making organisation, FSEG could be eligible for a discount of 80% in the business rate.

The Village Forum are discussing with the County who are the current landlord on the use of a grassed area as a possible venue for their Market.

The Sports Group are currently negotiating with the County for the use of the current Hall at the Education Centre.

Broadside Films are interested in the possibility of using  one of  the Ex-RAF huts and “Mens Sheds” have expressed an interest in the other hut.

Meanwhile, FSEG are to be kept informed of all potential uses.

Mens Sheds

Mr Robert Taylor presented a detailed resume of the activities of Mens Sheds who have established an organisation in Carmarthen. They are affiliated with Mens Sheds Cymru who are the umbrella organisation, helping to fight retirement based depression, isolation, and any stigma of disability by providing small scale practical workshops promoting the well being of men. They are currently looking for larger premises to establish a workshop and base to make bee-hives and coracles and are interested in utilizing one wing of the ex-RAF huts on the current Education Centre . They hope to expand and evolve a Ferryside Shed.

Tenders for Design of Future Programme

Three tenders were received for the design study of the proposed new  education centre, two were largely non-compliant and did not fill the requirements requested. The details were discussed and it was decided to go ahead with the tender submitted by David Darkin. Officers of the committee have arranged to meet with Jonathan Handcock from the County to discuss  the funding of the Design stage at the Education Centre. They have been advised that a grant application would require a credible outline business plan showing the best estimates of revenue and expenditure for the first 3 to 5years.

Business Plan

Elements of the business plan would address the following projects:

  • Accommodation for Doctor’s surgery (existing arrangements)
  • Changing room facilities and adjacent Multi Use Games Area
  • Specialist Day Centre for physically and mentally frail adults and carers.
  • Foot care, other quasi-medical services and alternative therapies.
  • Arts and crafts workshops.
  • High grade hostel-type accommodation for coastal path walkers, bird-watchers, visiting sports teams and residential workshops.
  • Studio and office space for Broadside, a start-up youth film company.
  • Youth club facilities.
  • Exhibition space for, local artists and local heritage projects.
  • Allotments and outdoor market.
  • Space for small business start-ups. 

Individual project leaders are to contact participants and contributors to identify probable income and expenditure in order to draft a full business case.


Mudiad Cymdeithasol Glanyfferi/Ferryside Social Enterprise



1. Officers of FSEG attended a presentation given by the Big Lottery and had “one-to-one” meeting with them about the project. They were very positive about funding the building refurbishment but unlikely to be able to fund initial design work.

2. An Invitation To Tender has been issued to four local architects for the initial design work for the refurbishment of the building. The closing date is 24th June and the successful bidder should be selected at FSEG’s next meeting on 1st July.

3. A meeting was held with Helen Williams of the County Council Community Regeneration Unit, who thought that the initial design work could be 100% funded under the Innovative Communities Scheme. This will be followed up as soon as the ITTs have been evaluated.

4. Representatives of the Carmarthen Mens Sheds Association have visited the site and are very keen to set up a branch in Ferryside. This would use, at least initially, part of the ex-RAF wooden hut. They have asked FSEG to broker an appropriate agreement with the County Council.

The Ferryside Village Forum is negotiating directly with the County Council to hold its weekly markets on the site.

NEXT Committee Meeting: Monday July1st The White Lion Hotel Glanyfferi

News from FSEG Meeting May 20th

Mudiad Cymdeithasol Glanyfferi/Ferryside Social Enterprise Group


The group met at the White Lion Hotel on May 20th. The chair Rev. Philip Johns reported on a meeting with Mrs Rogers, the head of Ferryside primary school. The school welcomed the possibility of using some space in the education centre especially when receiving visits from other schools. They would also be happy to explore the use of any outdoor sport facilities and space for a school garden.

The chair working with Mr Colin Butters, reported that a fitness trail of ten stations would coast around £10,000. Such a set up would include a “wobble board”, stepping stones, chin-up parallel bars and a 3.6 meter traverse wall. A bike track might also be desirable. Llansaint youth club will be contacted for their requirements via Mrs Eleri Thomas.

Ms Wendy James reported that use of the sports MUGA was making slow but steady progress. A request was made for easier access to keys and access to the current hall on the site. Issues being explored included coaching and training costs, badminton nets, rental costs and possible heating and upgrading costs for the hall. The sports group would support access to any sports changing room facilities provided in any new development.

Wendy also confirmed that Ferryside Forum would be very keen for the current market to move to the education centre site as soon as possible and will liaise with Cllr Stephens and others on this. Support for an allotment section was confirmed and City Farms and Mrs Moishe Merry would be contacted for advice.

Following a meeting with local artists Dorothy Morris and Jim Greer, it was hoped that an exhibition wall, studio space and workshops would be developed for hire. There could be potential for residential courses and areas such as music, poetry and literature could also be developed. Dorothy would like to join the group and assist with grant applications. The newly produced pro forma for requirements were provided to Broadside Films, who indicated they would initially require access to a studio, storage space and a three desk office.

Mr Tim Shallcross’s report on local Youth Hostel availability was welcomed and discussed. The charges for rooms appeared to vary from £12 per night at Lampeter to £22 per night at Cardiff. Provision of both single and double rooms would be useful. The nearest Hostels at the moment are at Pendine, Gower and Llandovery. The estimated salary for a warden would be around £22,000 per annum, which could be seasonal or part time. The centre would be ideal for walkers using the costal path.

Mrs Jill Furness reported strong support for well being developments, especially from the Alzheimer Association and the RNIB. Appropriate consulting rooms would be welcomed by the current medical centre. In addition, access ramps and a sensory garden could be provided. The focus would need to be on the medically (especially mentally) impaired. Day care facilities could be explored and Cllr Stephens indicated that stroke and dementia were key areas.

The secretary, Mr Les Jones, indicated that a design case needed to be made as soon as possible, focussing on the modification of the residential block. Mr Anthony Bushell indicated he could suggest suitable architect names. It was proposed that the design should look at roof and window replacement or repair, single and double accommodation rooms, and offices, with disabled Day Care downstairs and bedroom accommodation preferably upstairs.

Officers of FSEG will attend the Big Lottery event at the National Botanic Garden on May 24th for a one to one session with lottery officials.

Next Meeting

Monday July 1st at the White Lion Hotel, Glanyfferi

Delme Bowen.