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Haverfordwest: Last of Riverside Markest businesses relocate

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Pictured at Time Is are (left to right); Cllr Keith Lewis, Cllr Tony Brinsden, Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, Reg Davies, Sandra Davies and Greg Davies.

Pictured at Time Is are (left to right): Cllr Keith Lewis, Cllr Tony Brinsden, Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, Reg Davies, Sandra Davies and Greg Davies.

TWO long-standing businesses from the former Riverside Market in Haverfordwest are gearing up for Christmas in their new premises.

‘Time Is’ and ‘Terminal Records’ have moved to the Riverside Courtyard, near Coffee #1 at the Old Bridge.

It follows Pembrokeshire County Council’s decision to close the Riverside Market and convert it into a new county library and gallery for Pembrokeshire.

The businesses are the final traders to move from the market, having both been there since the early days.

Reg Davies runs ‘Time Is’ – which specialises in watches, clocks and engraving – with his wife Sandra and son Greg. He said although leaving the market after 33 years had been difficult, it was a ‘blessing in disguise’.

“When they told us we would be leaving it was horrendous,” he said. “But every cloud has a silver lining. We’re in a great spot looking over the river and the building itself is lovely. It’s warm, and it’s a much nicer working environment.

“We still have our established customers, and the passing trade has been great. We’re seeing new people now, because they notice us when they come over the bridge and a lot of people didn’t come into the market.”

Martin Thompson, owner of the music shop ‘Terminal Records’, was one of the first traders at the market when it opened in November 1982. He said the uncertainty over its future had been tough for the traders, and that he had sympathy for those who weren’t able to re-locate their business.

“It’s worked out all right in the end, for me,” he said. “But it’s not been easy. The market was a community hub. If you want change, it’s ok – but when it’s forced on you there is a bit of resentment.”

However, he said his business had made a promising start in its new premises, helped by the resurgence in the popularity of vinyl. The shop specialises in original vinyl records in everything from hip-hop to metal, folk, punk, reggae, jazz and blues.

Cllr Keith Lewis, Cabinet Member for Economy and Communities, said: “We know that traders have undergone a challenging period and we recognise that things have been difficult at times, but we wish them all the very best in their new premises.”

Martin and Reg also praised Tim Bullock, estates surveyor at the Council, and local county councillor Tom Tudor for their support during their move.

Cllr Tudor said: “This has been a difficult time for all the businesses that were located in the Riverside Market, but I am very pleased for Reg, Sandra and Greg from ‘Time Is’ and for Martin Thompson from ‘Terminal Records’, I am sure judging on the positive comments that the future for their businesses is looking brighter than previously and I wish them all the very best, and as the local County Councillor for the ‘Castle Ward’ I am as always readily available should they need any further help.”

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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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