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Fab Lab joins the heavyweights



Pictured are (left to right, standing) Dave Thomas BIC Manager, Nik Curcio of Pembrokeshire Design, Thomas Wheeler of Insite, Cllr Keith Lewis, Jamie Thain of CADTEK, (sitting) Annabelle McLaren of Insite, Gethin Davies of CADTEK, Ellie Wheeler of Insite.

Pictured are (left to right, standing) Dave Thomas BIC Manager, Nik Curcio of Pembrokeshire Design, Thomas Wheeler of Insite, Cllr Keith Lewis, Jamie Thain of CADTEK, (sitting) Annabelle McLaren of Insite, Gethin Davies of CADTEK, Ellie Wheeler of Insite.

PEMBROKESHIRE can lay claim to having some of the most hi-tech design software in the UK following a donation made to Pembroke Dock’s Fab Lab.

Fab Lab, based at the Bridge Innovation Centre (BIC) promotes the advancement of education in science, technology, mathematics, creative design, engineering and business skills, through the media of digital design and manufacturing.

Fab Lab recently took delivery of ‘Solidworks’ a state of the art 3D Computer Aided Design Software (CAD), which allows users to design, build and develop products through digital design and then fabrication.

Donated by the Solidworks Corporation, Bristol based CADTEK provides Fab Lab with technical and design support.  CADTEK is a company that provides solutions for designers and engineers across a variety of disciplines and industries, the software allows users to bring their designs to life through computer controlled machines, such as CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) lathes, routers and 3D printers.

Nik Curcio of Pembrokeshire Design Ltd together with Annabelle McLaren, Ellie Wheeler and Thomas Wheeler from Insite Technical Services Ltd, were given a hands on training day by CADTEK to see the software in action.

Insite Technical Services was formed by six engineering and operations managers from the former Murco Refinery in Milford Haven. They offer services in CAD for systems and process design for industrial settings.

Pembrokeshire Design Ltd recently joined the BIC and provides services in 3D Laser Scanning and 3D CAD.

Gethin Davies of CADTEK said that the donation of Solidworks’ licences to Fab Lab provides a great prospect to work with the Lab in developing skills for the future and a relationship that he looks forward to.

He said: “We are keen to see digital design skills develop and to be able to support Fab Lab Pembrokeshire is a remarkable opportunity to work together for the future.”

Mike Scott, director of Indycube and co-trustee of Fab Lab Pembrokeshire said that being able to provide development to schools, businesses and members of the community encapsulates Fab Lab.

Mike said: “We have just started at the beginning of what we hope will be a fantastic journey of offering amazing Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing equipment to skill up the next generation for the digital design age.

“Being able to produce designs for services and products using tools such as Solidworks and then being able to replicate that design into reality using digital fabrication equipment is a dream come true.”

Cabinet Member for Economy and Communities Councillor Keith Lewis was delighted to see Fab Lab open its doors for the first time.

He commented: “These facilities are just what we need to develop technical digital design and digital manufacturing skills in our next generation.  I am amazed at what can be done using 3D CAD design and making those designs a reality with 3D printers.

“I am really looking forward to Fab Lab Pembrokeshire and the BIC opening its doors to our schools on the 18th Oct for the BIG BANG so everyone can see what is going on. It’s fantastic.”

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Postmaster and politicians welcome Goodwick cash machine U-turn



GOODWICK post office will now be keeping its ATM, after a U-turn by Post Office Ltd.

The machine was due to be removed within months with the post master, Jon Moverley saying that it would be a disaster for the village.

If the ATM had been removed, there would have been just two 24-hour ATMs serving the whole of Fishguard and Goodwick in the short term and three when the Co-op renovations are completed.

Both politicians and local residents then got behind the campaign to keep the ATM

Pembrokeshire politicians Paul Davies and Stephen Crabb have welcomed the news that Goodwick post office is now set to keep its ATM facility. Following representations made by both politicians to the Post Office, it’s now been confirmed that Goodwick Post Office will be included in the rollout of ATM machines across the post office network.

Mr Davies said “This is really welcome news. I’m pleased that the Post Office has listened to the representations made by the local community and decided to retain the ATM at Goodwick post office. The facility is so important for local people and businesses and it’s great that that’s been recognised and the Post Office has committed to keeping it.”

Following the Post Office’s decision to invest in Goodwick’s ATM rather than remove it, Stephen Crabb MP, who campaigned for the ATM to stay, commented: “It’s great news that the Post Office has overturned its own decision and will be keeping an ATM machine in Goodwick.

“Access to cash continues to be incredibly important for a number of people and businesses and I’m pleased to have played my part in working with John from the Post Office in Goodwick, Paul Davies MS and the wider community to highlight the ATMs importance to the area. It shows what can be achieved when we work together.”

The postmaster described the news as ‘brilliant’. Mr Moverley thanked supporters.

He said “Many thanks to all of you who have used the machine and complained to POL about the removal. We were also supported by our MP, MS and mayor, the National Federation of Sub-postmasters and our Chamber of Trade.

“Everyone did their bit, and it says an enormous amount about the strength of the community and what we can do when we work together.”

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Judith Rhead murder: Police appeal to public for information



DYFED-POWYS POLICE can confirm it is appealing for information after the death of a 68-year-old woman from Pembroke Dock.

Judith Rhead’s body was discovered in a property in Market Street on Saturday, February 20.

Dale Morgan, aged 43, has been charged with her murder and was remanded into custody on Thursday (Feb 25).

Morgan is due to appear at Swansea Crown Court tomorrow, police have confirmed.

A spokesman said: “The force has set up an online portal where the public can share any information they feel might help investigators with their enquiries.

“Specifically, police would like to hear from anyone who saw or spoke to Judith between November 2020 and February 2021.”

Detectives said that they would also like to speak to anyone who has information about Dale Morgan’s movements on February 19 or 20, or who believes they have other information that could assist the investigation.

To share information to the police via the portal, please click here.

Alternatively, you can also contact the force by calling the non-emergency number, 101.


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PM backs Crabb’s calls for CPR lessons in schools



PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has backed Preseli MP Stephen Crabb’s calls for CPR to be taught in schools in Wales.

Following a letter signed by Stephen Crabb which aimed to introduce CPR and lifesaving skills to the Welsh curriculum, Prime Minister Boris Johnson added his support to the campaign during today’s Prime Minister’s Questions (Feb 24).

Responding to a question in the Chamber from a colleague, the Prime Minister said: “I agree very much about the importance of learning CPR. That is why we introduced it into the curriculum for all state funded schools in England.”

However, as education is a devolved matter, the decision as to whether to introduce CPR into the Welsh curriculum lies with the Welsh Government in Cardiff and the Prime Minister added: “I share his urgency that the policy should be adopted in Wales as well.”

Commenting after the Prime Minister pledged his support towards the campaign in Wales, Stephen Crabb said: “Basic CPR lifesaving skills could play an important role in helping unexpected cardiac deaths across Wales.

“For the Welsh Government to continually say no to the idea feels wrong and could put lives at risk.

“I’m pleased the Prime Minister supports this campaign and I will continue to work with colleagues in the Senedd to ensure these skills are taught to the children of Wales.”

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