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Fundraising event to help Syrian refugees

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A SURF-THE-SKILL session has been organised, which will take place on Good Friday, in order for people to get together to share skills and help raise enough money to settle two Syrian families in the Cardigan area.

People arriving in Newport Pembs Hall at 5.30pm on April 14 will be met by a choice of skills on offer at different tables. For the price of £10 you can do six 20 minute sessions, or spend longer on one.

The skills on offer are diverse. You can choose between power tool woodwork, crafts for all ages, introduction to Arabic, how to install and live within wood warmth or hydro, wind or solar electricity and more.

Having enriched the mind, it will then be time for supper, made by a Welsh chef with Eastern flair and local veg.

At 8.15pm BBC presenter Kim Thomas will lead an auction. Local businesses have generously donated prizes for every taste: From essentials such as an MOT to exceptional art works, dining out in Newport, yoga retreat, holistic massage to a golf lesson or a Newport holiday with hot-tub. People can pick up a bargain or pay generously, as they choose, all topped off with a raffle!

The volunteers are raising the funds to welcome two Syrian families into Cardigan to escape the trauma of war and refugee camps. The proceeds will go to Croeso Teifi, which is a charitable organisation working with the Local Authority and Home Office.

Community sponsored settlement isn’t quite like government schemes, as the community has to raise the money, find homes, meet the family at the airport and ensure they have all they need to heal and integrate, without the council’s involvement.

Vicky Moller, secretary of Croeso Teifi, said: “If they do not become valued members of the local community within the first year or so, we will have failed in our job. The young Syrian children living in Cardigan will learn through Welsh, so they will have two languages to learn.

“Preparing to welcome a few families is a momentous journey, all kinds of people are helping. We are amazed at their generosity and enthusiasm. The Christian churches of all denominations have been awesome, so have local businesses, and people in queues outside the job centre have offered to help because they can understand the trauma and despair Syrians have experienced. It is quite moving.

“The positivity is partly a reaction to the tragedy in Syria which was a lovely country, and partly because our method of welcoming a few chosen families into a networked community is the right way to do integration. It is in stark contrast to what is happening in many cities and the negative reaction this provokes.”

This charitable event is just one of a series of sociable fundraising events. For more information, you can contact 07791 809 810, or visit www.croesoteifi.org.

Everyone is welcome to the free entry skill sharing event on Good Friday, lifts to and from Cardigan can be arranged.

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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 is 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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Warrant without bail issued for Milford Haven man who failed to attend court

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A WARRANT without bail has been issued for a Milford Haven man who failed to appear in court yesterday.

Gareth James Mann, 45, of Bunkers Hill was stopped in his VW Golf on October 31, 2020 in Milford Haven.

Mann is accused of driving without a licence, insurance, under the influence of cocaine and whilst in possession of an ounce of cannabis.

Police are now instructed to find Mann, arrest him and bring him before the courts.

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Pembroke Dock: Trial date set in historical rape case

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A 69-YEAR-OLD man, charged with nine counts of raping a girl under the age of 16 in Pembroke Dock, will stand trial at Swansea Crown Court in September.

The alleged historical offences took place in the 1980s, the court heard.

Barry Arthur Lake, lately of Abinger Road, Carswood, St Helens, is accused of three counts of raping a child in each of these years: 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989.

He appeared at a plea and directions hearing on April 14, to confirm his name and address, and where he entered not guilty pleas.

Lake was bailed on the condition that he did not contact, directly or indirectly, certain named people, and that he did not enter an address in Pembroke Dock.

Further he must not contact anyone under 18 without supervision.

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