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New film promoting Pembrokeshire goes viral



A scene from the new promotional film

A scene from the new promotional film

A NEW film promoting Pembrokeshire has proved a big hit on social media.

Made by Mother Goose Films for Visit Pembrokeshire – the County Councils tourism department – the short video uses real Pembrokeshire people acting as ambassadors to promote the county.

It features horse riders, dog walkers, fishermen, lifeboat crews and families living and working in – and enjoying – Pembrokeshire’s spectacular coastal scenery.

Since it was released across social media outlets last Friday, the two minute film has been viewed by almost 100,000 people and shared over 1,000 times.

“We’re really pleased with the enthusiastic response we’ve had so far,” said Councillor Keith Lewis, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy and Tourism.

“Social media and the internet play a vital role in spreading the word about Pembrokeshire as a visitor destination. We would encourage people in Pembrokeshire to share it with friends and family wherever they might live.”

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  1. Flashbang

    October 14, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Genius, it’s out there just in time for………….Winter!

  2. Ant

    October 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Sadly this film was shot by a company that seems to have been flying without the necessary Civil Aviation Authority permissions. It always saddens me to see elected officials spending public money in commissioning illegal acts – it would be a shame if that’s what happened in this case, especially when there are so many excellent, safe, insured and legal operators available.

  3. Flashbang

    October 15, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    @ Ant:
    How could you possibly know that? Would you have a vested interest , your own drone filming company maybe?

  4. Eric

    October 15, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Stunning video, if I wasn’t already here this would definitely make me want to visit, but what a bitter and twisted reaction from @ Ant A severe case of self interest no doubt.

    3 words spring to mind Ant, GET A LIFE!

  5. charlie mason

    October 21, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Typical rose tinted video… understandable EXCEPT that countryside is under serious threat from; rising pollution in the Haven (90% caused by agriculture according to a Government study), diminishing river water quality, diminishing biodiversity, the threat of a high C02 emitting biomass power station in the Haven , and the real prospect of Nitrate Vulnerable Zone designation for much of the County by 2017 due to excessive slurry spreading. Then of course there is the small matter of sea level rise and seasonal coastal flooding .

    If the County Council (and the Welsh Government) were committed to tourism as. Key economic ‘driver’ then it would take environmental issues and threats and its duty under the Wellbeing for Future Generations Act 2015 more seriously…. . I fear for the countryside.

  6. tom

    October 23, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Does the video mention BPJ, Jamie adams, the grants scandals, the illegl salary increases, the Porsches, closing public loos, sacking whistle blowers who report a paedophile working with kids within the council , the court cases, the IPiGs etc etc ?

    Maybe when they do Pembs2 ?

  7. Dilly

    November 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

    sea level rise ???? Check the actual figures and if there is a rise it is so small you’d never realise it in a lifetime
    Living by the coast all my life I have never seen a problem with increasing sea levels..
    You my friend are talking out of your backside

  8. Dilly

    November 24, 2015 at 9:28 am

    This film is great and the fact you go on about aviation bla bla bla indicates you have too much time on your hands and you use that time to whinge like a old cynical man .. @ Ant:

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Pharmacy burglars smashed through ceiling



THE POLICE have issued a warning following a burglary at a chemist in Milford Haven in which a large quantity of controlled drugs were stolen.

Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the break-in Charles Street, which took place overnight on Wednesday, July 18.

Controlled drugs including boxes of diazepam and zopiclone, and bottles of oramorph were taken.

The pharmacist told The Herald: “We are open for business as usual despite a large amount of stock being taken, which in addition to what the police have listed also included codeine.

“We are having more stock delivered shortly so are able to meet our orders with customers.

“The criminals broke into the pharmacy, which is very secure all around, from the ceiling – they came in from the flat above the shop.”

“We are all very upset and find this distressing. This is the first time that anything like this has happened.”

Sergeant Andy Williams told The Herald: “A substantial amount of medication has been taken, many of which have the potential to cause harm if taken incorrectly.

“We are advising people to be aware in case the stolen items are discarded in a public place.”

Anyone with information about the break-in, who finds a quantity of drugs, or is offered any of the drugs named above, is urged to contact police by calling 101, quoting reference 64 of July 19.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Council and teaching union come to agreement over possible redundancies



PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL and The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) have come to an agreement about the possibility of potential redundancies from Sir Thomas Picton and Tasker Milward staff.

Last month, nearly 100 teachers were involved in a strike over fears of job losses as the two schools merge to form a new one – Haverfordwest High VC School, which will open in September.

Now, both sides have come to an agreement that there will be no compulsory redundancies before the end of the 2019/2020 academic year.

A spokesperson for Pembrokeshire County Council said: “Following discussions with the Conciliation service ACAS regarding the dispute at Sir Thomas Picton and Tasker Milward schools, Pembrokeshire County Council and NASUWT -The Teacher’s Union – have reached agreement regarding any potential redundancies at the schools.

“Both sides look forward to working together in future for the benefit and wellbeing of the pupils.

“It has been agreed that there will be no compulsory redundancies before the end of the academic year 2019/2020.”

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Milford Haven: Five recognised for making a difference



THE ACHIEVEMENTS of five hard-working women who have made a huge difference in their community in Milford Haven have been recognised nationally in the TPAS Cymru awards.

Sarah Howlin, Kimberly Phillips, Leeanna Povey, Linda Rose and Catrin Tattersall won third place in the Community Action category for their work on the Mount Estate.

Together, as the Mount Estate Play and Participation Team (MEPPT), they provide free weekly play sessions for families in a friendly and welcoming environment at the Orchard Community Centre.

There is a wide selection of toys and games together with a number of art and craft activities and a fire pit where families can chat and toast marshmallows.

On behalf of the team, Leeanna and Catrin attended the gala awards ceremony in Cardiff where they were presented with the award.

Leeanna said the team’s first reaction to hearing they’d been shortlisted was to burst out laughing.

“It’s not the sort of news you’re used to having,” she said. “Two of us went to the ceremony and we were both nervous wrecks and didn’t know what to expect, but everyone was lovely and we are a very happy household!”

Leeanna said the number attending the playgroup varies from week to week, with numbers up to 50 sometimes.

“It’s very rewarding,” she said. “Part of what we’re trying to do is to get the community together; there’s lots here for families to do, you can have a gas and if there’s something wrong we’re here for each other.”

She added that the team are keen to share their experience and will be attending Playday at Scolton Manor on Wednesday, August 1 to talk to others who are thinking of setting up similar groups.

Before launching the play sessions, MEPPT undertook a number of accredited courses, with help from Learning Pembrokeshire and the Council’s Learning and Development team. They have also been supported by Dyfed Powys Police and Milford Haven Town Council.

Damian Golden, Play Sufficiency Officer at Pembrokeshire County Council, supports the group along with Nia Davies, with training, grants and funding advice. He said he was delighted their work had been recognised.

“I’ve worked in this sector for many years and their journey is something very special indeed,” he said. “They really are changing things in their community. What they’ve achieved is extraordinary. It doesn’t happen every day.

“This award is important in that it cements their self-worth and is empowering – knowing that they have the strength to change things.”

Cllr Josh Beynon, County Councillor for Pembroke Dock (Llanion ward) is among those impressed by their work.

He said: “It’s a great testament to the parents who run the play activities on the Mount Estate to be taking home a national award from TPAS.

“Through their hard work they have proved that they are able to bring together a community and I hope they have inspired other communities across Pembrokeshire to undertake similar pieces of work to help those who need it.”

Nia Davies, County Council Housing Customer Liaison Officer, submitted the award nomination to TPAS along with Damian Golden.

She said: “This is a first for a Pembrokeshire County Council group to be nominated and awarded a national TPAS Social Housing Participation Award and I can think of no one more deserving than MEPPT!

“I hope other parents are inspired by this amazing group and are encouraged to do the same as it really does provide invaluable benefits to all members of the community.”

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