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King Henry VII statue plans for Pembroke

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henPLANS for a statue of Pembroke’s very own king Henry VII on the Mill Pond Bridge took a step further last Saturday (Oct 3)  when a large audience gathered to hear Welsh author Terry Breverton deliver a well informed talk on the Tudors and Pembroke.

Also present was Tudor historical fiction author and Pembrokeshire native Tony Riches and Tudor historian Nathan Amin.

A brief introduction was given by town Mayor Pauline Waters who stressed the importance the support of the town council for the project. A presentation was then given by Linda Asman Chairman of the local History Society who has been largely responsible for the development of the campaign to date.

Following Terry Breverton’s insightful address all present were invited to look at an initial mock up of the proposed statue and to make their views known to those wanting to make it a vital part of any future tourist attraction in the town..

Expressing her delight at the project and Saturday’s turn out Pembroke’s Mayor Pauline Waters said “It is fantastic. The number of people here shows that we really do want this statue in the town. We are trying to put Pembroke on the map through our history which is one of main selling points”

And she continued, “Linda Asman and her husband have been magnificent. They have travelled throughout the whole of Wales as part of this project and we look forward to seeing it finally completed. If it wasn’t for her there would be no statue. And we have to offer our sincere thanks to Pembrokeshire County Council who looking to match fund our fund raising and Pembroke Town Council too for all their support. It is hugely appreciated”

henryLinda Asman, Chair of the Monkton and Pembroke History Society hopes that the miniature will be ready by the end of the year and that serious fund raising can begin in 2016. “This has been an amazing turnout she said and proof that there is a great deal of support for the project. I’m determined we are going to get there and I would also like to sincerely thank Pembrokeshire County Council who are supportive of the Town Enhancement Programme as well the Town Council with who have commissioned the miniature and with whom we work very closely”

“We’ve given out the forms in the hope we will get feedback because we want the final statue to be appealing and attractive not controversial. We want it to look right. And it’s important to remember that this is more than a statue there is also a plinth and we want to enhance the Mill Bridge area. It’s a huge project but I am determined we are going to get there.”
Adding his support Nathan Amin author, of “Tudor Wales” said, “I feel very positive about this initiative, I have campaigned for a statue in the past. West Wales is a hotbed of Tudor history with its castles and houses and we do need to promote it as a region. It will be a wonderful tourist attraction for the area. It is certain that should a statue be sited on this bridge, the backdrop of the castle would ensure this monument’s location would be one of the most spectacular in the country. It would give an overt and obvious indication of the importance of the castle to the Tudor story and could prove to be a lucrative marketing aspect for Tudor addicts. It is all very well having exhibitions inside, but the key is attracting people to the area in the first place, and a statue would certainly do that. If anyone wants any more information on the Tudors they could Google the Henry Tudor Society or visit our Face book page”.

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Climate change protesters pack the streets of Haverfordwest

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Hundreds of protestors flooded the streets of Haverfordwest today to join in one of the biggest global climate strikes to date.

The event took place at County Hall from 11am on Friday, September 20, where hundreds flocked in unison to show their support for the many global activists around the world in protest of the way we live on our planet.

Leading the charge for the world-wide events were multiple organisations including Extinction Rebellion and UK Student Climate Network, as well as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish activist for the planet’s well-being. Children all across the globe have been puled out of their schools to join the protests for change on how we consume our planet’s resources and these acts have been met with mixed responses.

Some are happy that others are taking a stand for the greater good of our planet, whilst others seem to be disgruntled by all the commotion the protests have caused in their areas.

At County Hall in Haverfordwest, singing and chanting could be heard as the school children, toddlers, pensioners, families and college students all joined the call for imminent action to tackle the climate emergency.

The climate protest was also attended by Cllr David Simpson and director of development Dr Steven Jones, who assured the public that the authority was working towards its zero carbon goal.

In a statement on Facebook, Extinction Rebellion said: “Hundreds turned out to support today’s Global Climate Strike in Haverfordwest alongside hundreds of thousands around the world! A clear message was delivered and responded to by the leader of Pembrokeshire County Council who has invited you to be represented in their work in months to come to meaningfully address the climate emergency in our beautiful county and beyond. The tide is rising, and so are we!”

The protests ended as the groups made their way to Castle Square, where final chants and songs echoed around Haverfordwest.

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Refinery protest over: Two activists arrested at scene, others reported for summons

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THE PROTEST organised by Extinction Rebellion at Valero Refinery came to an end last night (Sept 19).

Specialist officers were deployed to the scene and as a result of that, two protestors were arrested for unlawful obstruction of the highway and transferred to Haverfordwest custody.

Others who took part, police said, decided to end their protest and have been reported for summons and the items used by them have been seized by the police.

Police said: “All protestors have now left the area and police are maintaining high visibility patrols.”

Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “Officers spoke to the protesters and partner agencies throughout the day to ensure a balance was maintained between allowing people the right to peaceful protest and the requirement to ensure the safety of, and minimise the disruption to, business and the community. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

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Pembroke Dock: Man hospitalised after ‘jumping through pizza shop window’

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A PEMBROKE DOCK man has been taken to hospital after becoming injured by glass in Pembroke Dock.

According to a passing motorist a male was seen shouting and screaming in the street – he was being restrained by others.

He then jumped into the glass window of the PizzaTime take away in Meyrick Street, cutting his stomach on the glass.

Multiple police vehicles and an ambulance attended the incident which took place at around 15.30 HRS.

The road was temporarily blocked.

Once police car remains on scene (16:49 HRS)

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