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​​Tenby Lifeboats rich history celebrated in new book

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Lifeboat book launch

Book launch: Crew and volunteers with author Trevor Barrett aboard Haydn Miller

WEDNESDAY (Mar 2) saw the launch of a different kind at Tenby Lifeboat Station, as instead of the Haydn Miller heading down the slipway, a new book was launched which celebrates the rich history of the institution in the town, charting the stories of dramatic rescues from across two centuries.

It was a double celebration for the station, as well as releasing the new book, which has been written by local writer Trevor Barrett, the crew were also toasting the tenth anniversary of the arrival of the Tamar class lifeboat Haydn Miller (the most advanced in the world at that time), which arrived to take up duties in the innovative new £5.8 million boathouse and visitor centre which was custom-built to accommodate her.

The new book has been commissioned and published by the RNLI and is available for just £5.95 from the station’s shop during the normal opening hours.
The book is superbly illustrated with archive photographs dating back to the 18th century and many new photos, including some taken during actual rescues. It has been incredibly well researched by author Trevor Barrett, who painstakingly went through hundreds of old archives that are documented in the town’s museum to give dramatic recollections of events from the past.

“It really was fascinating to witness first hand all these old documents charting the real life action and heroism of people from past,” said Trevor.
“It must have been so difficult to acquire all the information and then ever so carefully catalogue it using only a quill and ink. The history of the station really was alive in front of my eyes, with blotches of ink scarring the paper during the tricky operation.

“Now of course it is much easier to document a rescue with the advent of computers, but all that aside it really is a fantastic institution and the volunteer crew, both past and present do a sterling job in keeping our coast safe.

“I must thank Tenby Museum for their help and for letting me access the archives, and also all the people I spoke too who gave me such vivid recollections of rescues from the past.”

The story of Tenby Lifeboats 1835 to the present day is a tribute to all those volunteers who have served the station and who to date have saved more than 900 lives. In addition to describing some of the most harrowing (and sometimes tragic) shouts in Tenby RNLI history, the book also recalls many lighter moments, such as the day when Gustav, a stuffed toy cat, miraculously gave birth to two toy kittens aboard Haydn Miller!

Those who attended the launch were able to chat to the crew members and get their copies signed by both the author and crew members alike. The book is priced at £5.95 and will be on sale during the launch event and then from the station shop during its normal opening hours.

Lifeboat - Author Trevor Barrett signs copies

Personalised copy: Trevor Barrett signed copies for those who attended

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Pupils design road safety posters

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PEMBROKEHSIRE Road Safety team and Narberth-based Kia car dealers, Gravells, are working together to remind parents and children to buckle up this summer.

Pupils from schools across Pembrokeshire have taken part in a Seatbelt Safety competition in which they had to design a poster incorporating road safety characters Ziggy Zebra and Grizzly Gravell.

The contest proved extremely popular with the Road Safety team receiving over 300 entries. From these, one junior and one infant winner were picked as well as a number of runners up and highly commended entries.

The outstanding winning posters were designed by Macey James from Narberth School and Sam Clark from Pembroke Dock Community School.

Both conveyed simple messages – ‘Buckle Up Your Seatbelt’ and ‘Don’t Take Your Seatbelt Off’ – reminding drivers that the safest way for children to travel in cars is to use the right seat restraint and to always wear a seat belt.

The two winners received £25 gift vouchers with £10 vouchers going to the runners-up and goody bags for those Highly Commended. The winning schools also received cheques from Gravells.

Pembrokeshire County Councillor Phil Baker, the Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways, said the standard of work was very high.

“We are very grateful to all those young artists who contributed with their entries. A great deal of thought goes into the making of their artwork” said Councillor Baker.

“We want to encourage people of all ages in Pembrokeshire to recognise the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt and the importance of being in the correct car restraint. These award-winning posters will certainly help to remind people of this vital message.

“Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds. The driver is responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt, or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.”

Ian Gravell, Dealer Principal for Gravells, added: “Road safety is a major concern on today’s busy roads so we are delighted to be a part of this exciting and important initiative.”

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Milford Haven: Two bowling club members given life bans

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TWO members of Milford Haven Bowling Club, among the best players at the local green, have been suspended and subsequently received life bans from the Club’s management committee.

The trouble started for Heather Griffin, 59, and her friend Jimmy McSparron, 68, when Jimmy asked the organisers ofa friendly away game if Heather could bring her Jack Russell Terrier, who suffers from diabetes, on the bus journey.

The coach trip, scheduled for June 2, was organised by the club, but operated by Narberth Travel.

The club told Jimmy that they would find out from the operator if the dog was allowed on board.

A short time later, the club said that the dog was not allowed to travel. A curious Heather contacted Narberth Travel with a general enquiry about whether dogs were allowed on the bus journeys. She was told they were.

Believing she had been misled, Heather wrote a letter of complaint to the Bowls Club Committee. Her letter was supported by a further letter from Mr McSparron.

Both were horrified by the Club’s response. Instead of responding to the complaint, the Club told them they were suspended until further notice.

The letter sent to Heather included a section of the Club’s constitution dealing with disciplinary behaviour and she drew the inference that action against her would follow.

Confused and upset, Heather wrote a further letter and hand-delivered it to the management committee meeting on Tuesday, June 11.

Arriving just before the meeting started, Heather was asked to wait outside before entering the meeting. Mr McSparron accompanied her.

After a brief adjournment, Heather and Jimmy were called in front of the committee and told that the letter had been considered and that a formal reply would follow.

According to the pair Club Secretary, Adrian Lewis called Heather a ‘stupid bitch’.

On being asked to repeat his remark, Mr Lewis did and, according to both Mr McSparron and Ms Griffin, added, “I have resigned anyway – and you’ll get what’s coming to you.”

As the pair left the meeting, at the request of the Club Chair, they say another committee member approached them and a further verbal altercation took place.

After getting home Heather called the police and reported Mr Lewis’ remarks.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police has confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “We received a report of a dispute at the bowling club and spoke to two men [at the police station].

“Words of advice have been given.”

Milford Haven Bowling Club was asked to comment but only confirmed that two members had been banned for “a breach of the rules”.

Speaking on Wednesday, Heather Griffin said: “I feel totally demoralised and upset. I do not even know why I was banned as my last letter and email have been ignored.

“I now am in contact with the Welsh Women’s Bowling Association.”

Jimmy McSparron said: “I feel totally dumbfounded by the situation By supporting Heather, I have had a life ban. If you cannot support a fellow bowler, then something is radically wrong.

“It has been one-sided throughout.

“This is unfair, and we are both hoping that this will not affect our choosing a new club in the future as we are both avid players.” 

The pair are now looking forward to continuing with their hobby at an alternative club.
  • Mike Burgoyne from the club requested to comment further after reading this story in our print edition and said: “The information you have been given does not state all the facts only snippets that can be misconstrued.”Members of the club attended an EGM to discuss the banning of the two members concerned and gave full backing to the committee in their handling of this situation and the resulting bans. Milford Bowling Club now considers this matter closed.”
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The Pembroke Coast Express visits Narberth and Tenby

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THE ICONIC Pembroke Coastal Express passed through Tenby and Narberth on Sunday (July 14). The Tornado Engine then headed to Carmarthen, after that it was full steam ahead for Bristol Temple Meads Station. The tour was organised by Pathfinder Tours.

(Photographs taken by Malcolm Richards Photography.)

The train pulled into Tenby on Sunday, July 14.

Droves of passengers and onlookers were there to greet it

Two members of the crew.

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