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Broad Haven has the wow factor!

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wow factorA CHILDREN’S champion has been wowed by a visit to a Pembrokeshire primary school.Keith Towler, Children’s Commissioner for Wales, dropped in to Broad Haven School earlier this year.

The Commissioner spent the morning at the school and afterwards reported on his trip on his blog.

It was, he said, an “unforgettable visit.”

“Every child I spoke to was so happy and bursting with things to say and questions to ask,” he wrote.

The Commissioner was invited to the school by its two Super Ambassadors – Keely Burch and David Scott – after talking to him through a webinar.

The Commissioner took a tour of the school meeting staff and pupils and also took part in a special assembly where he talked about his role as children’s champion for Wales and asked the children what they thought about their school.

“All the children had so much to say about how wonderful their teachers were, how safe they felt, and about how much they were learning and how much they enjoyed being in school,” he wrote on his blog.

“These are children who are confident and speak out knowing that adults will listen and respond. They also had a great sense of fun so that when I asked what would make the school even better they joked about having a hot tub and a chocolate fountain!”

Headteacher Andrew Williams said the visit had been a tremendous success.

“Keith Towler was absolutely brilliant with the children and they warmed to him immediately. The children were delighted to meet him and it was very pleasing to hear them talk so positively about their school.”

*Super Ambassadors play a lead role in promoting the work of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales. The Commissioner’s Blog can be read here: http://www.childcomwales.org.uk/blog/2014/01/role-models/

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Welsh Deputy Minister visits New Farm Shop

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Pictured : Julie Morgan AM

A new farm and produce shop on the Scolton Manor estate outside Haverfordwest has been visited by a Welsh Government Minister.

Julie Morgan AM – Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care – called at the shop to see the Welsh Government’s Intermediate Care Fund (ICF) in action.

The shop provides work experience, training and supported employment opportunities in retail and customer service for people with learning disabilities, disabilities and autism.

It is an addition to Pembrokeshire County Council’s existing supported employment offer through Norman Industries, the Authority’s sheltered employment factory in Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest.

The shop is the result of partnership working involving Workways+ and Experience for Industry – both funded by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government – Norman Industries and the management and staff at the Council-run Scolton Manor attraction.

The shop, which opened just a few weeks ago, will be supplying the public with fresh produce from the walled gardens at Scolton Manor, local meats, produce, tea and coffee.

It also provides a retail outlet for some of the arts, crafts and products made at Norman Industries.

Over the coming months the shop will also be supplying chutneys made by participants and employees at the supported employment café in Milford leisure centre ‘Caffi Man Cwrdd’.

The Deputy Minister was welcomed by County Councillor Tessa Hodgson, the Authority’s Cabinet Member for Social Services.

The farm shop has been partially resourced and staffed through some of the £400,000 ICF money allocated to expand supported employment opportunities regionally.

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Haverfordwest: Police promise extra patrols for GCSE results night

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THERE will be an increased police presence in Haverfordwest tonight, in response to an anticipated influx of young people who will be celebrating their GCSE results.

Parents are being asked to go over their child’s plan for the evening, before they head out. Sergeant Haydon Mathias is overseeing the operation.

He said: “It’s a big day for teenagers, and we understand they want to celebrate after all of their hard work.

“We’ll be there to make sure they do that safely, and without disrupting others.

“This is usually a busy night for us, and historically we have seen crime and anti-social behaviour rise. You’ll notice my team out and about from early this evening to stop that happening. They’ll be seizing alcohol from anyone they suspect is under the age of 18, and dealing with any other issues that arise.

“We’re asking parents to take the reins and discuss plans before your child goes out. Make sure you know where they’re celebrating, who they’re with, and how they’re getting home. It’s useful to make sure your child’s phone is fully charged, in case of an emergency.

“I encourage anyone with concerns to come and speak to an officer or Police Community Support Officer around the town, or contact Dyfed-Powys Police.”

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Llangwm Church Donation Box Stolen

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St Jerome’s Church: Second theft in a year!

 

A DONATION box has been stolen from a village church, the second theft from the historic building in a year.

The donation box at St Jerome’s Church, Llangwm, is believed to have been taken in the last few weeks.

The box is usually kept next to the Talking Tapestry of Langum, a project which tells the story of the village’s origin with the invasion of the Flemish in the 12th century and its later history.

Pamela Hunt of Heritage Llangwm said: “This theft is the second from St. Jerome’s in a year.

“If anyone has seen or knows anything, then please let the police know.

“If they feel unable to do that, but would like to contact us at St Jerome’s Church, then email info@heritagellangwm.org.uk

“We will treat your contact in the strictest confidence.”

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