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Milford charity: local campaigners to help the homeless

Milford charity: local campaigners to help the homeless

LOCAL campaigners, Sara and Peter Hurley, are about to launch a local charity, whose working title is Feed the Homeless’. Statistics from July of last year (published by the Joseph Rowntree Organisation) stated that in Wales, the numbers of those officially accepted as statutory homeless by criteria set down by the National Assembly and UK Government was just under 5300. Of those, 860 (16.8 percent) were homeless due to a violent break up of a relationship and a further 1100 (22 percent) were due to friends, parents or relatives no longer being able to accommodate them. The Herald spoke exclusively with the Milford couple to find out what the purpose of the charity was, and how they hoped to launch it in Milford Haven.

Sara Hurley explained: “This idea came about just before Christmas after a lady on Facebook had spoken about giving money to those selling the Big Issue, and I said you are better off finding a rough sleeper and buy them a hot drink or a sandwich. “I don’t know that there are enough people in Milford itself to warrant just feeding them. I think we are going to have to look at other people; there are a lot of people who work who are even more hard-up than those on benefits.

“Also, there are a lot of isolated lonely people and I want to reach out to them as well. If they are financially able and they’ve come along to us and had a nice meal we could have a voluntary contribution box. This could feed someone else who has absolutely nothing”. She went on to explain what was required to make the venture succeed: “What I desperately need at the moment are premises. “I have a meeting here next week, and anyone who might have something to contribute should contact me. Many people have already come forward to offer support. Bakers could help; yesterday’s bread is today’s croutons or bread pudding. If you are sleeping rough you need something to warm you up and keep you going for the day.

“I am not going into this with rose tinted glasses. I know these people have problems and we would deal with that as these things arise.” The Herald asked how many people she thought were sleeping rough in the Milford area, to which she continued: “I have emailed Pembrokeshire Action for the Homeless, but nobody really knows how many people are sleeping rough.

“What I do know is that, from the end of March to the beginning of November, people who are not priority needs are not given temporary accommodation. If you didn’t have anywhere to sleep you would be sleeping rough. “No one wants to be identified as isolated and lonely so we need to find a way to get those people in as well as the homeless. We aren’t offering the same service as Patch, for example, we are not giving out food parcels, we would be actually feeding them. “If you give a homeless person a box of food how will they cook it? I have a chef who can cook.” Sara went on to explain how they would find the people to come to the centre, once it is up and running:

“We will have to go out, find them and approach them, and hopefully they’ll spread the word themselves. Hopefully Patch can tell us places where people do sleep rough.” The Herald was interested to know why Pembrokeshire County Council was not providing this service, to which she responded: “I am not critical of the Council as they have hard budget restraints and they supply the minimum service by law. They haven’t got the money to put all these people up in bed and breakfasts.

The help they are obliged to give is primarily advice, even if they have put them on a list (for housing). There is no obligation to give people sustenance. “Our next step is to find premises, and we are meeting someone next week who will assist in this. The premises don’t need to be big, but we will need a working kitchen. If someone could donate this it would be great. “We are looking to the private sector and have invited local councillors to a meeting we are having next Thursday, and some have said they will come, Peter Stock, for example.” Sara said that if anyone wanted to help out or get involved they could contact her on 01646 694364.

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Did the world’s first airplane fly in Pembrokeshire?

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WHEN asked who was the first to fly an airplane, you’d probably say Wilbur and Orville Wright, more commonly referred to as the Wright brothers. However, you’ve probably never heard of Bill Frost, a Welshman who many say was the “first man to fly.”

Born in Saundersfoot on May 28th, 1848, Bill Frost was a carpenter on the Heyn Castle Estate.

Clearly, as a handyman, he was in the perfect position to build a plane, and this obsession, if the tale is to be believed, was strengthened in the winter of 1876. Legend says that Frost was carrying a large plank of wood on a windy day when a large gust of wind picked him up, carried him several feet, until he returned to the ground with a rather rough landing.

What followed was, shall we say, some rather odd behaviour.

Locals reported seeing Frost running around fields, with a large sheet of zinc above his head, presumably trying to get another gust of wind to lift him up. Although he was testing the limits of aerodynamic designs in all likelihood, he was of course branded rather bizarre locally.

Many locals also attributed this behaviour to grief, as his wife and daughter had recently died. A religious man and deacon of his local chapel, one could understand locals believing he was maybe trying to get to Heaven.

In 1894, things started to get serious for Frost, who applied for a patent for a flying machine on October 25th. To describe the patent would be to describe an amalgamation between a plane and a glider, with two reversible fans which would, he hoped, lift him into the air for a successful flight.

Bill Frost with his wife, Annie, in 1896 . Bill lived until 1935.

Then, the patent said, wings would be spread via a lever and another lever would control whether the aircraft was moving up or downwards.

With his practical knowledge and his interesting research methods, Frost began work on building the aircraft.

He did so in the workshop of his house on St Bride’s Hill, an impressive feat when you consider it was over 30 feet long.

Reports state that the aircraft was built out of bamboo, canvas and wire, with bags and pouches filled with hydrogen to help it stay afloat.

The patent, in full, reads: “The flying machine is constructed with an upper and lower chamber of wire work, covered with light waterproof material. Each chamber formed sharp at both ends with parallel sides. The upper large chamber to contain sufficient gas to lift the machine. In the centre of upper chamber a cylinder is fixed in which a horizontal fan is driven by means of a shaft and bevelled gearing worked from the lower chamber. When the machine has been risen to a sufficient height, then the fan is stopped and the upper chamber, which has wings attached, is tilted forward causing the machine to move as a bird, onward and downward. When low enough it is again tilted in an opposite direction which causes it to soar onward and upward, when it is again assisted if necessary by the fan. The steering is done by a rudder at both ends.”

A book has been written about the subject

So, why are the Wright brothers considered the first men to fly?

Well, for starters, there’s no photographs of Frost’s flight, nor any written testimonials. However Frost himself, as well as several locals in the area, claimed that on September 24th, 1896, Frost flew for approximately 500 yards.

This, if true, would have been a considerably longer flight than the Wright brothers achieved.

The end of the flight was not so successful, however, as the bottom of the craft hit a tree and crashed into a nearby field.

Not deterred by this, Frost repaired the machine, however it was then destroyed in a storm some weeks later, and Frost could not afford to build a new one from scratch.

His patent expired four years later.

Without a craft for another flight, and with no photographic evidence, his claim to be the first man to fly, unfortunately, can not be verified.

In 1935 Frost died aged 90 years old. Although he held no grudge against the Wright brothers, he did state that the government had turned down his application for funding following his first attempt, which scuppered the hope of any future flights after his craft was destroyed.

The reason for this? The government claimed that aircraft would never be used for navigation or warfare; a statement that looked very foolish as World War I began to play out.


HTV footage from the 1990’s on the Bill Frost story (Youtube)
 

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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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