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Pembrokeshire Green Party announce candidates

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Party members: Pembrokeshire Green Party (Photo: Ben Rice)

Party members: Pembrokeshire Green Party (Photo: Ben Rice)

P E M B R O K E S H I R E GREEN PARTY announced their Parliamentary candidates last Thursday (Oct 23) at a very well attended Public meeting in St Thomas Hall, Haverfordwest. Over 30 people attended Pembrokeshire Green Party’s fi rst ever public meeting. Guest speakers were there to rally the crowd, and spoke on the theme “Is the Green Party the new Party of the Left and also the party that has the future in mind? Bridgend Green, Andy Chyba gave a rousing and historical speech, including the quote from the late Rosa Luxemburg: “It’s either Eco-Socialism or Barbarism”. First given one hundred years ago, he pointed out that this is as relevant today as it ever has been and that there is always work to be done locally.” Swansea’s Ashley Wakeling gave a highly charged speech about his work with the rapidly expanding ‘Wales Young Greens’ and shared experiences gained recently while canvassing for the upcoming by-election in which he is standing for the Swansea Uplands Council seat.

If successful he hopes to represent the 23,000 students that live within Swansea, alongside independent businesses, struggling to survive the continual growth of multinational corporations. Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire Green Party Candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections were announced at the meeting and were available to take questions. Frances Bryant will stand as the Parliamentary candidate in Preseli Pembrokeshire next May. She said: “The Green Party has tripled its membership here in Pembrokeshire within the past year alone and now has a vibrant and active local group.

I believe that voters are coming to the Greens in such numbers because they can see very clearly with the current government where the socially catastrophic policies of austerity and climate change denial are leading the country. The Green Party is a progressive party with the emphasis on the common good both socially and environmentally. This contrasts with the policies of other parties who follow policies which benefi t multinational companies and the top 1% of earners at the expense of everyone else. I relish the chance to explain to the people of Pembrokeshire over the coming months the really positive message that the Greens are bringing to the hard pressed electorate.”

Ben Rice was announced as the candidate for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, when asked why he had decided to stand next May he replied: “It often surprises people that I didn’t stand for The Green Party solely because of its environmental policy. The primary motivating factor for me was their progressive social and economic policies. Cameron’s cuts have caused untold suffering to millions but have not reduced the defi cit; they have not got the economy back on course but have resulted in yet more government borrowing.

The current economic model being used by all other political parties is inherently fl awed and The Green Party are the only ones taking that disastrous fallacy seriously. Austerity has not proven successful so I’m standing with the message of “stop the war on the poor.”” Gary Tapley, the candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, while speaking at the meeting pointed out that the Green Party may be perceived as ‘radical’ to some but given the chance would like to reassure his constituents that the Green party has extremely well developed policies and while there are big changes to be made to the economy and the way in which we all use the earth’s resources both industrially and at home, he sees his role as ensuring that there is a smooth transition between where we are now and the more sustainable, social, environmental and economic future that the Green Party has to offer.

Pippa Bartolotti, leader of the Wales Green Party said: ”There is terrifi c energy coming out of our new group in Pembrokeshire. Membership in west Wales has tripled in a very short time. People are joining the Greens all over the country because they know we stand up for the ordinary people who have seen their lives and prospects undermined by a government taken over by big business. She added: “Only the Greens will push the agenda to keep the NHS in public hands, to renationalise the railways and bring on a wealth tax.” For more details please contact Jim Scott on 07814089250 or fi nd us on Facebook at Pembrokeshire Green Party | Plaid Werdd Sir Benfro If you wish to join or support the Green Party please follow the links on the ‘Wales Green Party’ website. www.wales.greenparty.org.uk

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School careers fair was ‘best day in school so far’

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YEAR Four pupils at Prendergast CP School have held their own Careers Fair.

The children undertook the challenge of planning and fully organising the event inspired by this term’s class topic ‘Who Do You Want To Become? focusing on the world of work and looking forward to the future.

In preparation, pupils wrote emails to the head teacher, Mrs Davies, and deputy head teacher, Mr Voros, asking for permission to hold the careers fair.

Letters – drafted and written asking a variety of businesses, professionals, and public health service men and women to attend – met with an enthusiastic response.

Representatives from Princes Gate Water; Sport Pembrokeshire; RNLI Lifeguards; Torch Theatre; Horse Warehouse; Dyfed Powys Police; the Armed Forces; University of Wales Trinity St David; Haverfordwest AFC; Jewson; local charity the DPJ Foundation and a local beekeeper all attended.

Year Four teacher, Joshua Layzell, said: “The reaction from the pupils, teaching staff and stall holders involved was outstanding.

“The hard work that everyone has put in to make it happen has been worth it. And as far as I’m concerned if just one child left the fair with a focus, or an idea of what they now want to do in the future, then I will consider the whole experience a complete success.”

One of the attendees, PCSO Zoe Monk, said afterwards: “What an amazing event! I wish I’d had opportunities like this when I was in Year Four.”

Another, Jac Davies from Princes Gate Water, said “It was great to see such a variety of stalls – the children are very enthusiastic about asking questions and finding out about what we do.”

And one of the boys from Year 4 described it as “the best day we’ve had in school so far!”

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Farm shop helps disabled

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A retail outlet selling a range of products handcrafted by local disabled people has been officially opened.

The farm shop at Scolton Manor near Haverfordwest also provides employment for those with a disability.

It is the result of collaborative working between a number of organisations.

A leading role is played by Pembrokeshire County Council’s Norman Industries – a supported factory in Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest, which employs people with a disability.

The opening of the Scolton Manor farm shop has enabled Norman Industries to employ a further six people in the unit, giving them experience in a retail environment and customer service.

A further three disabled people have been taken on in its craft workshop bringing the total number of people on its supported
employment programme to over 50.    

The shop supports a wide range of Pembrokeshire producers – not just Norman Industries – and has opened up a range of work-based alternative day opportunities for people in craft industries.  

Funding has been accessed through a variety of sources including from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) through its Access to Work programme, through Workways+ from European Funds and through the Welsh Government’s Integrated Care Fund.

The official opening was performed by the Vice Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, Michael James.

He told guests: “This enterprise is an important step in improving the wellbeing of Pembrokeshire citizens. Along with the other initiatives run by Norman Industries, it shows how the County Council has improved its support and employment of people with disability over the last two years.”

Councillor James said the work had resulted in Pembrokeshire County Council being recognised as a DWP Disability Confident
Leader – the first local authority in Wales to achieve the distinction.

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Teifi Fun’d Raisers help Paul Sartori

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TEIFI Fun’d Raisers are a small group who meet regularly and raise vital funds for local and national charities which are close to their hearts. A Ball Race was recently held to raise vital funds for Paul Sartori Hospice at Home.

On 17th August, the local charity fundraisers held this event at the Penybryn Arms in Penybryn, near Cardigan. Prior to the race, support was gathered and the small group of fundraisers sold 500 balls at £1.00 each. The balls were then numbered and released down the hill alongside the Penybryn Arms.

Dyfrig Evans, member of the Teifi Fun’d Raisers said, “We have held this event once before; this year one of our members nominated Paul Sartori as they had experienced their services first hand.” This event proved to be a huge success as the Teifi Fun’d Raisers sold all 500 balls raising a fantastic £500.00 for Paul Sartori.

Lisa Wells, Income Generation Team administrator from Paul Sartori; recently went along to the Penybryn Arms to receive the cheque. She also spoke to the members present about all of the services offered by Paul Sartori. “A lot of people are unaware that we provide so many services and that they are all free of charge. We rely on the generosity of local businesses, general public and fundraisers like this ball race to raise vital funds for the Charity.” Said Lisa.

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home provides a range of services to Pembrokeshire people living in the final stages of a life-limiting illness, including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling support, under 18’s anticipatory grief and bereavement support, physiotherapy, advance care planning and training.

The services provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home enable people in the later stages of any life-limiting illness to be cared for and to die at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear, if that is their wish.

All of the services are free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, thanks to the generosity of the Pembrokeshire Community.

Further information on the charity and its services can be obtained by visiting their website www.paulsartori.org, or by phoning 01437 763223.

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