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Town Council makes history

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Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 10.57.58THE NEW mayor of Milford Haven is set to become the town’s youngest ever mayor. Cllr William Elliot is due to take the reins from Cllr Stephen Joseph in May.

The new deputy mayor will be Cllr Colin Sharp.

In another first for the town, Milford Haven will have the first town council with an openly gay mayor and deputy mayor.

28-year-old William Elliott, who is currently deputy mayor, was elected for the position on Monday (Apr 25) by fellow councillors to succeed the current mayor, Cllr Stephen Joseph.

Cllr Elliott is a qualified primary school teacher, and teaches children at Manorbier and Milford Haven Junior School. He also leads the town’s cadet group.

He said that it was a huge achievement for him, and felt honoured to have been elected for the position. Cllr Elliott also thanked fellow councillors and voters for getting to this point in local history, showing Milford Haven is open and accepting of anyone, regardless of religion, race, gender or sexuality.

Cllr Colin Sharp narrowly beat Cllr Carol Stevens by one vote to get the position of deputy mayor (7 votes to 6).

Cllr Sharp has been involved with a huge amount of local charities since he moved to the area nine years ago, including the Business Circle and Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship (PATCH).

Cllr Sharp helped save Pill Social Centre from closure and is still involved in the running of the hall. He also governs the Meads School and Milford Haven Junior School, is the chairman of Milford Haven Museum, and organises Milford Haven’s annual Christmas Together with his husband, Cllr Guy Woodham.

Speaking to The Herald after the council meeting on Monday (Apr 25), Cllr Sharp said: “I am delighted to have been elected as Deputy Mayor in the coming year.

“I will endeavour to support the new Mayor Elect in his duties, and am proud to be representing a town I’m very proud to call my home.”

Cllr Sharp also spoke of how Milford Haven has seen many “firsts”, having elected Milford Haven’s youngest mayor, and first openly gay mayor and deputy.

He said: “Guy was the first openly gay mayor, and now we will have both!”

He finished, by stating he feels honoured having been backed by fellow councillors, and guaranteed he will not let them down.

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Further coronavirus restriction relaxations brought forward

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FURTHER changes to the coronavirus restrictions have been announced by the First Minister Mark Drakeford today.

The Welsh Government has confirmed further relaxations will be brought forward from 17 May to 3 May – including the resumption of indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults, such as exercise classes, and the re-opening of community centres.

This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by Monday 3 May.

From Saturday 24 April, the rule of 6 will allow for up to six people from six households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers from those households.

The Welsh Government has also confirmed the relaxations that will take place on Monday 26 April. Outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen, while outdoor hospitality can also resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to take place and weddings receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people.

Wales has the lowest coronavirus rates of the UK nations.  The successful vaccine programme continues with a higher proportion of people vaccinated in Wales than other nations of the UK for both first and second doses.

Changes from Monday 3 May:

  • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen;
  • People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.

Relaxations planned for 17 May will be brought forward to the 3 May, including:

  • The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children;
  • Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons);
  • And the re-opening of community centres.

The First Minister said:

“The sacrifices we have made continue to show results. By us all working together and sticking to the rules, combined with our vaccination programme, mean we continue to make progress. Rates of the virus continue to fall and the public health situation is improving. 

“Due to these efforts we are able confirm more easing of the restrictions from 26 April and for early May we are again able to bring forward some of our plans. However, this progress is dependent on all of us continuing to work together to keep Wales safe.

“At the last three-week review, I set out a forward-look of how the restrictions could continue to be lifted in the weeks ahead, if the public health situation remains stable.

“It will be for the incoming Welsh Government to confirm these arrangements at the next three-week review, which will be held on May 13 – a week after the election. It is my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be able to open indoors from May 17, together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions.”

Further possible easements are subject to the public health situation remaining favourable.

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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