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Funding boost for St Davids RNLI

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B&M variety retailer have ensured St Davids lifeboat crew started the year with a bang by donating £10,000 towards the station boathouse appeal.

Generous donation: B&M staff present Jen Abell and James Wilcox with the cheque

Generous donation: B&M staff present Jen Abell and James Wilcox
with the cheque

The generous donation, which was raised by the company by donating the carrier bags levies in from B&M stores in South Wales, has helped the RNLI volunteers pass the £50,000 mark in their fundraising appeal. The current total now stands at £53,733 – over a third of the way towards St Davids £150,000 fundraising target.

Jen Abell, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager said: ‘On behalf of the charity I would like to thanks B&M stores and their customers for their continuous support towards the RNLI. The £10,000 donation has been a great boost for St Davids lifeboat crew and community as the volunteers continue to work tirelessly to raise £150,000 towards their boathouse appeal.’

B&M South Wales Area Manager Paul Mcgleish said: ‘B&M stores in South Wales are absolutely delighted to support the appeal for the new Lifeboat Station in St Davids. Our employees from across South Wales believe it’s important to contribute towards the new boathouse appeal so that we can help towards providing the new facilities for the crew’

St Davids RNLI and their supporters haven’t stopped since launching the appeal back in July.

The king himself will be supporting the volunteers next month as Elvis impersonator Elvis Preseli joins Mike Chant and other bands at St Davids City Hall on Saturday 14 March. To round off the fun-filled weekend, supporters are invited to join St Davids RNLI Branch for a St Patricks Day Lunch at Bwthyn y Bwyd on Sunday 15 March. More information on both events are available by contacting the Lifeboat Station, fundraising branch or by following the station’s Facebook page ‘St Davids Lifeboat RNLI’.

The new boathouse will be home to the station’s Tamar class lifeboat RNLB Norah Wortley, which is already saving lives off the Pembrokeshire coast whilst operating from a temporary mooring in Ramsey Sound.

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it is this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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Warrant without bail issued for Milford Haven man who failed to attend court

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A WARRANT without bail has been issued for a Milford Haven man who failed to appear in court yesterday.

Gareth James Mann, 45, of Bunkers Hill was stopped in his VW Golf on October 31, 2020 in Milford Haven.

Mann is accused of driving without a licence, insurance, under the influence of cocaine and whilst in possession of an ounce of cannabis.

Police are now instructed to find Mann, arrest him and bring him before the courts.

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Pembroke Dock: Trial date set in historical rape case

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A 69-YEAR-OLD man, charged with nine counts of raping a girl under the age of 16 in Pembroke Dock, will stand trial at Swansea Crown Court in September.

The alleged historical offences took place in the 1980s, the court heard.

Barry Arthur Lake, lately of Abinger Road, Carswood, St Helens, is accused of three counts of raping a child in each of these years: 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989.

He appeared at a plea and directions hearing on April 14, to confirm his name and address, and where he entered not guilty pleas.

Lake was bailed on the condition that he did not contact, directly or indirectly, certain named people, and that he did not enter an address in Pembroke Dock.

Further he must not contact anyone under 18 without supervision.

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