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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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Library reservations service expanded

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PEMBROKESHIRE’S Library Service has extended its reservation service.

Customers can place up to two reservations for books and audiobooks, which are available and in stock at libraries in Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Narberth, Newport, Neyland, Pembroke, Pembroke Dock, Saundersfoot and Tenby.

Items are also available to reserve from the service’s Stack (store).

Library members can place reservations free of charge, in person or via the online catalogue.

To access the online catalogue, log on to https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/libraries-and-culture and select ‘Find Library Books’.

Customers can also place a request for an item not currently in stock, to be purchased as one of their two reservations.

The Library Service is not offering an Interlibrary Loan service at the present time.

For details on the library services currently offered in Pembrokeshire, please view https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/libraries-and-culture

 

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Extra police patrols at Tenby skate park after ‘men approached young girls’

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CONCERNED locals in Tenby have taken to social media to write about concerns of inappropriate behaviour – between males they think may have been asylum seekers currently housed at Penally Army Camp – and young girls in Tenby.

The police have said they are investigating the matter.

Witnesses have said that young girls have been approached by males while at the skate park in Tenby.

The Home Office has said that the camp will be used to house up to 250 male asylum seekers whilst their claims are processed due to a shortage of alternative accommodation, caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Reports circulating on Facebook have claimed to have direct knowledge that male residents of the camp have been talking and exchanging contact information with local school girls, some suggesting that they were in school uniform when talking with the men.

However, the police have not confirmed that that is the case – it remains an unproved allegation.

One local claimed on Facebook: “So tonight a few of us concerned local parents decided to go to Tenby skate park.

“As we got there two young girls where sat on a bench waiting for someone.

“Some kids told us they were the ones talking to the men yesterday exchanging Snap Chat details and stuff.

“Then the men from the day before turned up… saw us and scurried off down the beach.

“The two girls then quickly wandered off.

“These girls were about 14.”

One resident had stated that they had reported the incidents he had seen and heard to the local police station, he claimed that an officer told him they were in talks with Greenhill School about the incidents.

Pembrokeshire County Council said that they are unable to comment on the alleged incidents, however a spokesman told The Herald in a statement: “All I would say is that our schools regularly advise pupils not to engage with strangers.”

Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed they are investigating two alleged incidents at the skate park, and have been in contact with the local schools.

A police spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “We have received two reports of alleged inappropriate behaviour at the skate park in Tenby and are looking to speak to the people who contacted us.

“In the meantime the skate park is now part of our patrol plans and we have linked in with local schools to reinforce the School Beat Stay SMART online messaging.”

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Off-duty lifesavers were lost but ready to react

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A PEMBROKESHIRE man whose life was saved by multiple twists of fate has praised those who stepped in during his hour of need.

Keen amateur triathlete Steven Landrey, 51, of Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, was out on a post-lockdown bike ride when he suffered a cardiac arrest that was to set off the incredible chain of events.

Steven said: “We were about 40km into an 80km ride when it happened.

“It was strange and lucky as only two weeks earlier I was running alone in Paris, and the night before I swam 2km alone in the sea, and during lockdown had done lots of exercise on my own.

“But that day, I had met my brother-in-law, Chris, and some friends.

“I dread to think what would have happened if I would have been alone.”

Meanwhile, just a mile or so away was off-duty Welsh Ambulance Service Community First Responder Angharad Hodgson, from Martletwy, and her firefighter partner Steve Bradfield, from Narbeth.

Steven Landrey, 51, of Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire

“We were heading to meet friends at Barfundle Beach. We hadn’t been there for a few years so were following the sat-nav in the car,” said Angharad.

“We were running late and had taken a wrong turn as the sat-nav must have frozen or lost signal.

“We decided to turn back on ourselves, and that’s when we saw Steven on the floor being worked on by Chris.”

Always travelling with their defibrillator and kit, Angharad and Steve, who is also a trained medical responder, were able to pull over swiftly and step in with their life-saving defibrillator.

Angharad, 23, said: “We put the pad on his chest and after about 30 manual chest compressions, Steven had stopped breathing and the defibrillator told us we could shock him twice.

“We did it and he came back to us, but his breathing was very sticky so we continued CPR until the air and land ambulances arrived to take over.”

Steven was taken by road to Swansea’s Morriston Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to fit a stent into a lower left artery of his heart, which had flooded with blood and caused the cardiac arrest.

Steven is making a good recovery at home and is taking the first steps back to work in his role as a European Managing Director for Babcock Aviation, an aerial emergency services business.

He said: “I’m working with the National Cardiac Referral Scheme and also a personal trainer and am feeling well and getting strength back every day.

“With my work, I have seen emergency care provision across Europe and Canada and the care I received at every step of the way here in Wales has been world-class.

“I can’t thank Chris, Angharad, Steve, the air ambulance crew and the paramedics enough, along with the doctors and surgeons at Morriston, they were all amazing.

“I realise everything went my way that day, and for those few hours I was the luckiest man alive, but having these trained people in our communities to support emergency medical services is absolutely vital.

“Community First Responders like Angharad, CPR training and Public Access Defibrillators really do save lives and are to be respected.”

Glyn Thomas, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Community First Responder Officer in Mid and West Wales, said: “The prompt actions of Angharad and Steve were no doubt a major factor in the patient’s survival.

“Even off-duty as they were, they demonstrated control and organisation – they are both a credit to their communities and organisations.

“We wish Steven a smooth recovery and all the best for the future.”

Today is Restart a Heart Day, a national initiative run by the Resuscitation Council UK, British Heart Foundation, St John Ambulance and the ambulance services across the UK to promote education around Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

In the absence of physical events due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Welsh Ambulance Service is encouraging people to watch a video by Resuscitation Council UK and keep an eye on social media from partners like Save a Life Cymru who are promoting key messages such as early recognition of cardiac arrest, early CPR and early defibrillation.

Restart a Heart Day runs parallel to the Trust’s month-long Shoctober campaign which aims to educate primary school children on the benefits of getting confident with CPR – even making this brilliant animated video.

Angharad, who also works for the local authority’s social services team in Pembrokeshire, has been a Community First Responder since April 2019 and was inspired to make that brave step by another incident back in 2018.

She said: “I was driving home from shopping along the A40 in Carmarthen when I came across a terrible car accident on the opposite carriageway.

“I pulled my car over and crossed the road to try and assist without any thought process really.

“Seeing the work of the paramedics on scene really spurred me on to become a Community First Responder.

“I’d like to thank Tony Wall who is my CFR Co-ordinator for being so supportive and giving so much of his time to fundraise for life saving equipment such as defibrillators in local communities.”

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