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Cycling tour a resounding success!

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Tour of Pembrokeshire: 1,500 cyclists took part in the 2016 event

Tour of Pembrokeshire: 1,500 cyclists took part in the 2016 event

THE 2016 TOUR of Pembrokeshire took place at its new venue of Crug Glas near St Davids on the weekend of April 23-24.

The venue was not the only thing changing about the tour this year – there was the added combination of adjusted and optimised routes as well as new feeding stations en route.

The Tour of Pembrokeshire is an early-season sportive event which really encapsulates what it is like to cycle in Pembrokeshire.

The route includes endless quiet country roads, coastal views, daunting climbs and energysapping ups and downs.

With three different routes to choose from, the tour offers the opportunity for riders of almost any ability to test themselves against what Pembrokeshire has to offer.

In the past, the tour has attracted names such as Chris Boardman MBE, and regularly has many cycling publications attend to ride at the event.

The cycling weekend kicked off on the rather wet and grey Friday afternoon (Apr 22) where a large amount of the 1,500 cyclists made their way up to Crug Glas to register for the event and collect their rider number, timing chip and info pack.

Despite the grim weather, the atmosphere was buoyant as riders got into the mood for the challenge ahead, and sportive riders are well accustomed to imperfect weather conditions.

Saturday saw an early start both for the organisers of the event and the riders themselves, as cars began to arrive at Crug Glas at 5am.

There was a tangible atmosphere of anticipation and excitement as riders unloaded their bikes from their cars, got ready and enjoyed a hearty breakfast, which was prepared by Crug Glas and Will Evans and the team from Gwaun Valley Meats, to see them through the day.

As 7am approached, the 100- mile route cyclists had their timing chips scanned and began the route whilst the sun steadily rose over the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside and music blared out whilst family and friends cheered.

Live bands, such as Fishguard and Goodwick orchestra, Samba Band, Honey Fungus and PUP, played at Feed Stations and the venue throughout the day.

Twinned with the bout of incredible weather, this made the day an unforgettable experience for both the riders and locals alike.

The route brought cyclists through Fishguard, Newport, St Dogmaels, Crymych, the Gwaun Valley, Bedd Morris, Puncheston, St Davids and then back up along the main road to Crug Glas.

Riders doing the 100-mile route had to face over 10,000 foot of uphill climbs.

Joshua Fiddy, Event Organiser, said: “This year we have been incredibly blessed to have some of the best weather the tour has ever experienced.

“This, along with the great new venue in Crug Glas, fantastic Feed Stations, live music from some of Pembrokeshire’s best bands, enthusiastic and dedicated staff and volunteers, great support from sponsors and obviously the riders themselves who turned up in the droves and gave it everything they had, made the 2016 Tour of Pembrokeshire one that will stand out in the minds of all involved for many years to come.

“It was a truly superb day that I am proud to have been a part of.”

The tour supported the Welsh Air Ambulance, Paul Sartori Foundation, RNLI and 2420 (Whitland and District) Squadron. They were grateful for the help of the volunteers from these organisations that worked so hard and enthusiastically on the day.

A host of riders who partook in the tour left their comments. Colin Wyatt said: “I just wanted to say thanks. It was the hardest and best sportive I have ever done.

“The atmosphere was more of a festival and was second to none. Credit too goes to the kind and courteous people of Pembrokeshire who were the most considerate drivers and spectators I have known.”

Richard Davies said: “This is probably the best event I’ve ridden. It was superb in every aspect, even the brutal hills. I had 112 miles in the bag by the time I got back to the B&B!”

The tour would like to give special thanks to their sponsors – Pembrokeshire Bikes, Fred Rees Skoda, Quality Cottages, Gwaun Valley Meats, Castle Hot Tubs and the many other businesses and organisations that helped to make the Tour of Pembrokeshire happen.

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Breaking bread proves costly

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A PEMBROKE man who thought it would be funny to destroy a pallet of bread has been given a conditional discharge.

Jack Boyle, aged 18, of Main Street, appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Oct 16) to plead guilty to a charge of criminal damage.

Prosecuting, Mr Abul Hussain told the Court: “On August 4, the defendant was on a night out and thought it would be funny to damage a pallet of bread. This happened in the early hours of the morning and he came across the pallet outside the SPAR store in St Clears and thought it was a good idea to pick up the pallet and remove the bread and smash it.

“In his interview he said he thought it was funny to do that.”

Defending, Rebecca Carter said: “Yes he has said that but he is remorseful for his actions and the only reason he did this was because he was intoxicated. It is highly unlikely he will find himself in this position again.”

Before sentencing, Magistrates asked him ‘why did you take it out on a pallet of bread?’ to which he replied saying it was a ‘silly action’.

Boyle was given a conditional discharge for the offence and warned he would be punished for this offence if he was to commit another one in the next 12 months.

As well as that he will have to pay £50.78 in compensation, a £20 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.

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Tenby raising awareness of Indonesia Tsunami Appeal

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A WAVE has swept over Tenby’s North Beach, detailing how to donate to the Indonesia Tsunami Appeal.

‘Sand circles’ artist Marc Treanor designed and created the wave pattern in the sand to raise awareness of the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) Cymru’s Indonesia Tsunami Appeal, which was launched on October 4 to raise funds for the survivors of the Tsunami.

The Appeal was launched after a powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on September 28 and triggered a tsunami, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed and entire communities were decimated and cut off from any contact for days. 2,091 people are confirmed dead, more than 5,000 are feared missing and 200,000 survivors are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

So far the Welsh public have raised over £450,000 for the appeal, and DEC Cymru hopes that Marc Treanor’s eye-catching design will help raise more awareness of the appeal and edge Wales over the half a million mark.

Rachel Cable, Chair of DEC Cymru said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Marc Treanor for using his skill and talent to raise awareness of the Indonesia Tsunami Appeal.

“Life doesn’t stop after a natural disaster: babies still get ill, people still need food and water and families need a roof over their heads. With your donations DEC charities are providing essentials like this to survivors in Indonesia, and with more funds we can reach more people.

“The people of Wales have already done amazingly well to raise over £450k – let’s keep going to help as many people as we possibly can. We may be a small nation, but we have a lot of heart.”

To make a donation to the DEC Indonesia Tsunami Appeal visit www.dec.org.uk, call the 24-hour hotline on 0370 60 60 900, donate over the counter at any high street bank or post office, or send a cheque. To donate £5 text HELPU to 70000. Texts cost £5 and the whole £5 goes to the DEC INDONESIA TSUNAMI APPEAL. You must be 16 or over and please ask the bill payer’s permission. For full terms and conditions and more information go to www.dec.org.uk

Stay up to date with developments in Indonesia, the emergency response and the fundraising efforts with the DEC on twitter: www.twitter.com/decappeal or on Facebook via www.facebook.com/DisastersEmergencyCommittee

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Council wants your comments on its Improvement Review

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has published its Improvement Review which details the Authority’s performance in 2017 – 2018.

This annual report assesses whether the Council has met the improvement objectives which it set for that year and how it has contributed to the seven national goals in the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

As well as reporting back on actions and performance indicators, the review contains information on spending, work with other local authorities and how citizens can get involved in planning for future service improvements.

Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson said 2017-18 was the year that Pembrokeshire County Council started a process of ‘significant change’.

“Some of this change will take time, but I am confident the momentum is building,” he said.

“As a Cabinet we have developed a Programme for the Administration. This is the first time that the political leadership of this Council has set out its stall and provided clarity and direction. We also have re-launched and re-energised Transformation programme.

“The Council is continuing to make progress on improving school results and the 21st Century school building programme is leading to new or substantially refurbished primary and secondary schools. This investment will create learning environments that are fit for the future.

“We made progress across a broad range of other services including social care, as well as decisions to how waste services will be delivered in future.”

“We balanced the budget in 2017-18, but as we look forward to future years, it is clear that the size of the financial challenge we face is growing. Whilst our transformation programme will play its part in making savings, it is clear that we as a Council face some very hard choices.”

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