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Snakes, marine life and egg races

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Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 09.16.45OVER THE EASTER weekend Sea Trust celebrated the holidays by showcasing a diverse mix of marine wildlife and exotic creatures.

For Easter Sunday Sea trust organised another of their increasingly popular Strumble Head porpoise watches which, despite the weather, was attended by many wishing to get a sight of some of the rich marine life that the north coastline has to offer.

Cliff Benson, Sea Trust director said: “Our Sea Trust Strumble porpoise watch was hit by hail, thunderstorms, rain and gales in the morning”

None the less and amazingly, around forty brave souls arrived on Sunday afternoon to join the watch and the sun came out to reward us!” Cliff said.

“In recent years several different species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins) as well as porpoises have been recorded from Strumble including Risso’s, Common and Bottlenose Dolphins.

“Also Minke, Fin, Humpback and Killer Whales. On our New Year’s watch, Risso’s dolphins and an otter joined the resident porpoises giving an incredible show.”

The large gathering saw porpoises, a couple of Grey Seals and some nice views from some Gannets, Cormorants and other seabirds.

Cliff said: “Our volunteers were there, helping people to spot things and Ken Barnett was giving handy photographic hints and getting shots of the porpoises that I missed.”

As well as the porpoise watch Sea Trust also set up a ‘Strumble Egg Rolling competition’ Which Cliff said: “was a pretty exclusive affair but Jessica was the champion and also had the prettiest egg. Lizzie came a close second with several jewel like eggs!”

The eggs were rolled down the hill in a race to see who could get to the bottom quickest, however not all of them made it to the bottom of the hill as Cliff’s Labrador Zorro joined in, chomping two of the eggs mid roll!

After Zorro was finally persuaded to leave them alone and Jessica made a record breaking roll, clinching her title as ‘Strumble Egg Roller 2016’.

Sea Trust followed up Sunday’s porpoise watch at by hosting Russ and Ginny of Silent World 2U at the Goodwick Ocean Lab on Easter Monday.

About thirty children, Mums, Dads, Grannies and Granddads had a great morning learning about and handling a mixture of incredible and exotic creatures.

These included Royal Pythons, King Snakes and Milk snakes as well as stick insects and beautiful Chameleons from Madagascar.

Cliff explained: “We love having Russ and Ginny here because it’s another way of opening people’s eyes to the wonders of nature. Once people have handled these reptiles they see they are fascinating not slimy or scary! Russ and Ginny are real experts and incredibly enthusiastic and everybody had a great time!”

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Pembrokeshire residents can quickly check symptoms for variety of conditions on NHS 111 Wales online

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NHS 111 Wales online symptom checker can save Pembrokeshire patients time by helping them find the right NHS service for treatment. Symptoms can be quickly checked for a variety of conditions and advice given on the best way to treat them by visiting www.111.wales.nhs.uk which is hosted by the Welsh Ambulance Service.

The way we access NHS services has changed as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with more options now becoming increasingly utilised, including the NHS 111 Wales online service which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It can be used for both health information and advice and to access urgent primary care in Welsh and English.

In a recent YouGov survey, a third of Pembrokeshire residents had not even heard of the NHS 111 Wales online symptom checker and only 19% had used it during the past 12 months.

Andrew Carruthers, Director of Operations at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We are asking everyone to help us by reconsidering the way you access NHS services. The methods available have changed but we are still here for you. It is worth getting to know the different ways you can access the NHS so you can be seen and treated quicker with your first port of call being NHS 111 Wales.”

According to the YouGov survey, carried out for the Welsh Government’s Keep Wales Safe campaign, only 67% of Pembrokeshire residents had heard of the NHS 111 Wales online symptom checker. However, 86% said they felt it was important to have access to the service.   

NHS 111 Wales online can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do. The way it works is: You answer questions about your symptoms on the website and depending on the situation you will:

  •           Get self-care advice
  •           Be told how to get any medicine you need
  •           Find out what local service can help you
  •           Be connected to a nurse, emergency dentist, pharmacist or GP
  •           Get a face-to-face appointment if you need one
  •           Be given an arrival time if you need to go to A&E – this might mean you spend less time in A&E

For those who don’t have confidence going online to seek advice, there is the NHS 111 Wales phone service. This is also a free service where patients can contact the NHS by dialling 111 to receive advice on the best way to manage their issue or gain further assistance if needed. The bilingual telephone service is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Eighty-four percent of Pembrokeshire residents had heard of the NHS 111 Wales phone service when asked for the recent YouGov survey but only 20% had used the telephone service during the last 12 months.

 

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Trial date for son accused of killing mum

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THE SON of Judith Rhead, 68, who was found dead in her home in Market Street, Pembroke Dock on Feb 20 will now appear in Crown Court again in October.

Dale Morgan, 43, said to be a scout master, appeared in court only to confirm his name, date of birth and address – which was listed as Honeyborough Green, Neyland.

A plea and trial preparation hearing date was set for March 26 with a provisional trial date set for October 4.

He was remanded in custody.

In court papers it stated that the alleged murder took place between December 10, 2020 and February 21, 2021.

The paperwork demonstrates that the police are unsure of the exact date that Ms Rhead died. The large date range, two months, points to the likelihood that this will be a challenging case for all those involved.

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Launch of Haverfordwest Castle Conservation Management Plan

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MEMBERS of the public are being asked to help shape the future of Haverfordwest Castle as a draft Conservation Management Plan (CMP) is launched.

One of Pembrokeshire’s most important historical assets, the Castle is owned by Pembrokeshire County Council, which has produced the CMP.

The plan:

▪ sets out the significance of the castle and describes how the building will be protected with any new use, alteration, repair or management; 

▪ will help with the planning of maintenance, conservation and repair work and adaptation of the site to meet new or changing uses; 

▪ will help promote understanding of the site and look at improving public access and activities for local people and visitors; 

▪ will support proposals to conserve the castle and adaptations of the site in response to climate change; 

▪ and underpin funding applications to support improvements

An engagement exercise has been launched alongside the Plan, giving members of the public with an interest in the historic and/or environmental significance of the castle an opportunity to comment on the document and share their views.

To take part in the engagement exercise, please click on the following link: 

https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/regeneration-communities

The deadline for responses is Sunday, March 28, 2021.

 

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