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Yorkie saved after Mill Pond slip

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Owners Graham and Jackie Round: with lucky Yorkie, Ritchie

Owners Graham and Jackie Round: with lucky Yorkie, Ritchie

A DOG who fell into Pembroke Mill Pond on Monday (Apr 2) was rescued by a kind hearted woman, who was on her way to get her nails done.

Ritchie, a Yorkshire terrier, fell off a wall and into the water, and within seconds, passer-by Adeana Elaine, despite being unable to swim, jumped into the water to rescue him.

The Herald spoke to owners, Jackie and Graham Round, who said they felt absolutely ‘elated’, and didn’t even have time to thank her.

Jackie said:

“I saw the dog fly and land in the pond. Had I not seen it, we wouldn’t have given it a thought to look in the pond, but he literally flew! It was awful, terrible. It was just like one of your children falling in.”

Graham agreed, saying: “We both started to take our coats off, and we were arguing about who was going in. With that, this young girl ran up, and she threw her coat off and put her purse on the floor and she jumped in!

“The water stopped just above her head-it was that deep. I couldn’t believe it!”

We asked how long Ritchie was in the water for before Adeana came to the rescue. Jackie said: “Well, it feels like forever when you’re in that situation. We couldn’t reach down because of the height of the bank, so there was nothing we could do.”

She continued: “When she came out of the water, I put my coat around her and was kissing her all over! A chap said to her, ‘You deserve a medal for what you’ve done’, and with that she said ‘I’ve got to go’ – she said she was off to get her nails done!

“I followed her to thank her, and she said ‘I’ve got a doggy myself, I know exactly how you must be feeling, it must be horrendous’. She had no thought for herself at all – she was so, so lovely.”

Graham told The Herald that after they had gone home, it was revealed on social media that Miss Elaine couldn’t even swim. He said: “We found out after that she’s not much of a swimmer herself. She could just do a bit of a front paddle!”

We asked what their immediate thoughts and feelings were once Ritchie was returned, having been rescued from the pond.

Jackie said: “We were just elated. I haven’t got the words to say to her. She was such a lovely girl.”

Jackie also wished to thank Mr Roger Hart, who helped get Adeana out of the Mill Pond after Ritchie’s rescue.

Graham told The Herald: “We don’t know how we would have got her back out if it hadn’t been for Roger. When Adeana was half way out of the pond, she asked for a rest, and Roger was holding her there while she got her breath back before trying to pull her out a second time.”

He added: “If she hadn’t come along Ritchie wouldn’t be here today. if we had gone in we wouldn’t have been able to get him out. I couldn’t have got out – nobody would have been able to pull me out!”

Finally, we asked Jackie and Graham if they could say anything to Miss Elaine or Miss Hart, what would they say?

Jackie told The Herald: “Words fail me. I am so humbled by their actions. Kids today, youngsters get a very bad reputation sometimes, and it’s times like this you want to stick up for them and say they’re good people.”

Graham added: “If it was in my powers to give her a medal I would. She risked her whole life going in that pond. Bless her heart.”

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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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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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