The National Lottery was fifteen years old yesterday.
In that time it has raised over £23 billion for good causes.
I mention this because, of the 28 villages in the UK shortlisted for funds from the Big Lottery under its "Village SOS" initiative aimed at breathing new life into our villages, no less than three are in my Mid & West Wales constituency.
They are Talgarth and Howey in Powys and Myddfai in Carmarthenshire.
The Talgarth Mill Green Energy Project would like to create a sustainable education and renewable technologies centre at an old flourmill.
The Ashfield Community Enterprise Ltd hopes to buy and re-develop a nursery.
The aim is for the community to sell locally-grown produce to be marketed under an Ashfield brand in Howey whilst"Made in Myddfai" wants to create a whole new range and brand of craft products from the village.
It is to John Major’s lasting credit that the National Lottery has benefited individuals and communities greatly and I wish all three villages every success in their bids.