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Red Returns Safe and Sound!

Red, the Welsh Border Collie, vanished while being walked in heavy snow on the Preseli Mountains on  28 December.

Her owners thought they would never see her again but, after a 10-day search, she was found by a stranger. Despite losing some weight, the 13-year-old dog is enjoying being back at home, her family has said.

“Loads of people came out to help. There were so many people we didn’t even know, and then a woman rang up and said she had found her,” said Caitlin.

The woman who found Red had seen the plea for help online and rang Caitlin. She said Red had been to see a vet and was given the all-clear, and that she had been “feasting like a king”.

Neyland councillors go head-to-head on library move plans

THE future of Neyland Library was top of the agenda at a meeting on Monday night.

The public were invited to have their say on whether the library, which currently shares a building with the town’s customer services centre, should be rehomed at the town’s new Athletic Club development.

As part of its transformation programme, Pembrokeshire County Council is looking at whether some of its services could be moved to new locations, in order to free up buildings and save money.

The authority has ranked every town in Pembrokeshire according to its population and geography, and is looking to distribute resources according to this ranking.

Neyland has been declared a ‘tier 3’ town by the council, alongside towns such as Narberth, St Davids and Saundersfoot.

The model proposes that tier 3 towns do not require dedicated contact centres, and libraries should either be closed, substituted with ‘mobile provision’, or replaces with a ‘community-based option’.

Cllr Paul Miller said he supports the proposals, as they would ensure Neyland keeps its library, albeit in a new home.

“By allowing the council to build an extension at the club to house the library, we could tie the county council in to providing a library for the town for the next 25 years,” he said.

A county spokesman said: “The Neyland meeting was held on Monday, and options for rationalising buildings to meet reducing budgets were explored as part of this engagement and consultation approach.

“A follow-up meeting is planned where there will be an opportunity to look at the library and other issues in Neyland in more detail.”

Cabinet is expected to decide the fate of the library in its last meeting of the year, in time for when work is due to start on the Athletic Club in February.

Tanygroes Welfare Committee Bingo Nights

Bingo

Bingo Nights

Pwyllgor Lles Tanygroes Welfare Committee present…Bingo nights, to be held on the following nights to help raise much needed funds for local charities and causes:

 

25th May – Eyes down 8pm

15th June – Eyes down 8pm

29th June – Eyes down 8pm

 

 A warm welcome to all at the Emlyn Café, Tanygroes, Cardigan, SA43 2JE.

 

To enquire about any of the above nights you can call them on 01239 810 143

 

 

Tanygroes Welfare Committee Annual Tractor Run

Pwyllgor Lles Tanygroes Welfare Committee Tractor Run

Annual Tractor Run

Pwyllgor Lles Tanygroes Welfare Committee just north of Cardigan runs various fund raising activities throughout the year raising much needed funds for local charities and causes.  This year they hold their annual tractor run which will start at the Emlyn Cafe, Tanygroes on Sunday 18th June at 3pm.  The event will raise money in aid of Blood Bikes Wales, a charity that helps the NHS to move blood supplies, plasma, documents and other items between hospitals during the weekends and bank holidays.

 

 A warm welcome to all at the Emlyn Café, Tanygroes, Cardigan, SA43 2JE.  

 

To enquire about any of the above you can call them on 01239 810 143

 

St Davids RNLI celebrates new lifeboat and station

A double celebration has taken place at a Pembrokeshire lifeboat station.

St Davids RNLI officially opened its £10m lifeboat station on Tuesday and named its £2.7m Tamar class lifeboat Norah Wortley.

The new station and slipway took two years to build and are positioned in the cliffs next to the old station at St Justinian.

About 200 people, including past and present crew, attended the ceremony.

Ceremony inside St Davids lifeboat station

The Norah Wortley was funded by a bequest from Diana Symon from Devon and since its arrival at the station four years ago has launched more than 60 times, helping to rescue 50 people and save four lives.

Champagne was poured over the bow as the lifeboat was officially named and handed over to Capt James Wilcox, lifeboat operations manager at St Davids RNLI.

Capt Wilcox said: “The thanks of everyone connected to St Davids RNLI goes out to Diana Symon and all the other donors who made this day possible.

“Their generosity and the support of the local community mean our volunteers will be able to save lives at sea off the coast of St Davids for many more years to come.”

St Davids new lifeboat station

The new lifeboat station is one of the RNLI’s most ambitious build projects in recent years.

It was part funded by the community and as well as housing the Norah Wortley, is home to the smaller inshore lifeboat.

Tuesday’s ceremony also paid tribute to the past with the Watson class lifeboat, which served St Davids RNLI for 22 years until 1985, in the water for the event.

Norah Wortley

Pembrokeshire County Council backs Port of Milford Haven plans for 4-star floating hotels at Milford Haven Marina

PLANS to build four floating hotel pods at Milford Haven Marina have been approved by Pembrokeshire County Council.

The Port of Milford Haven says the four-star floating suites will form part of its £70m Milford Waterfront development.

It hopes its plans will build on the ‘established retail, café and restaurant experience’ to create a vibrant waterfront destination attracting thousands more visitors to Milford Haven and Pembrokeshire each year.

“Our idea was developed when we were looking at ways to quickly add to the existing bedstock in Milford Haven,” said Neil Jenkins, Destination Director at the Port.

“It was also important to us that whatever was proposed would match the high quality offering already enjoyed at Milford’s four gold anchor marina; a highly sought after accreditation within the marine leisure industry.

“The floating suites should offer a unique experience for anyone wanting to soak up the tranquil marina atmosphere without necessarily owning a boat.”

Work is continuing on developing this proposal and supporting business plan, and the Port hopes to officially open the suites before Easter 2018.

Council considers Pembrokeshire City of Culture bid

THE CITY of St Davids, the smallest city in the UK, could soon be in the running to be named as the UK’s City of Culture for 2021.

Pembrokeshire County Council is exploring the possibility of making the bid and a report is set to go before Cabinet on Monday, February 13.

The deadline for registering an interest in applying is at the end of this month.

It had not yet been possible to discuss the matter with all the key partners but steps are in place to do so as soon as possible.

Although any bid will have to involve the local authority, the Council’s Director of Development, Dr Steven Jones, says that St Davids City Council would be an obvious lead organisation.

The City Council is scheduled to consider the City of Culture opportunity tonight (February 6th).

Dr Jones said that initial discussions with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and partners on the Pembrokeshire Public Service Board had been ‘very supportive.’

The report says that the aim of the UK City of Culture programme is to encourage the use of culture and creativity as a catalyst for economic and social regeneration, to promote the development of new partnerships, and to encourage ambition, innovation and inspiration in cultural and creative activity.

Any area outside of London is eligible to apply. Part of the programme can also be delivered in a wider hinterland. However, bids with a strong central focus will be favoured.

In making the case for St Davids, the report states: ‘St Davids is Britain’s smallest city; it is also a spiritual, historical and cultural centre of major significance in Wales.  It is steeped in history and heritage with a remarkable asset base for its size, including for example a fine Cathedral, palace and a national gallery.

‘It has successfully hosted large-scale events such as the annual St Davids Cathedral Festival and the National Eisteddfod which came to the city in 2002.

‘St Davids and the surrounding area also benefits from a number of community and business leaders, and significant social capital from the wider community that could be brought to bear in support of an application.’

Dr Jones says that there is also a case to be made beyond St Davids, perhaps including North Pembrokeshire and as far as Fishguard.

At next week’s meeting, Cabinet Members will be asked to endorse the principle of a Stage 1 application and to begin discussions with a number of stakeholders.

The aim of the City of Culture initiative, which is administered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is to ‘build on the success of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture 2008, which had significant social and economic benefits for the area’.

Derry, Londonderry was given the first title of City of Culture in 2013 and it was given to Kingston upon Hull for 2017.

Pembrokeshire ranked 5th happiest place in Wales

A NEW study has revealed that Pembrokeshire is ranked 5th on a list of the happiest places to live in Wales.

It ranks behind only Vale of Glamorgan, Anglesey, Powys and Wrexham.

The rankings were based on four questions about personal well-being, which were:

  • Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?
  • Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile?
  • Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday?
  • Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?

The survey asked people to answer on a 10 point scale, with 0 being ‘not at all’ and 10 being ‘completely’.

The full list was:

Vale of Glamorgan 7.68
Anglesey 7.67
Powys 7.59
Wrexham 7.59
Pembrokeshire 7.55
Denbighshire 7.55
Conwy 7.52
Bridgend 7.52
Gwynedd 7.51
Monmouthshire 7.49
Ceredigion 7.46
Swansea 7.46
Carmarthenshire 7.45
WALES AVERAGE 7.44
Flintshire 7.43
Cardiff 7.41
Neath Port Talbot 7.38
Blaenau Gwent 7.35
Torfaen 7.30
Rhondda Cynon Taf 7.29
Caerphilly 7.28
Merthyr Tydfil 7.27
Newport 7.24

The data was gathered from January to September last year.

Fishguard and Goodwick Round Table hand over £1500 to Paul Sartori Foundation

Fishguard and Goodwick Round Table presented the Paul Sartori Foundation with a cheque for a whopping £1,500 at their recent January meeting.

The tablers met at the Pendre Inn, Fishguard, to hand the cheque over to Paul Sartori representative Ceri Price.

The money was raised through a series of fundraisers including a bed push collection at Withybush hospital, a street collection in St Davids and from the donations taken during last summer’s sea swim at the raft race in 2016.

Local fundraisers are crucial to the Paul Sartori Foundation. If you have an idea for a local fundraiser, but would like some help and advice, the you can contact Toni Dorkings, the Foundation’s Community Fundraiser, either via email toni@paulsartori.org or by phoning 01437 763223.