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pour inTRIBUTES have been pouring in over the past week following the death of former TGWU district secretary and Pembrokeshire Lottery founder Danny Fellows OBE.

A former county councillor, Danny passed away surrounded by his family in Milford Haven on Monday. He was 71.

Bob Clarke, Pembrokeshire Lottery Company Secretary said: “Danny’s vision and commitment to the creation of the Pembrokeshire Lottery was unstinting and for over 20 years he worked with the Board and Investment Panel to ensure its long term aims and future, helping Pembrokeshire businesses create jobs.

“His negotiating skills were legendary and his passion for the advancement of Pembrokeshire was unquestionable. He used all of this to good effect to establish a loan fund that has so far benefited over 330 local businesses and will continue to assist many more in the future.

“He was a great friend and a wise council to many and will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences go to Christine and his family at this very sad time.”

Danny was a personal friend of MP Stephen Crabb, who commented: “Danny was not only a dear friend who knew me since I was a boy, but a fantastic champion for our county. Throughout his years as a trade unionist, Labour Party activist and latterly an independent councillor, his overriding interest and priority was the wellbeing of Pembrokeshire, in particular seeing new jobs created for our young people.

“In founding the Pembrokeshire Lottery, Danny provided a lifeline to small businesses at a very difficult time, helping to fuel economic growth and provide security for countless families in our community. Danny had a massive heart and a huge vision for our county and the Pembrokeshire Lottery is just one small part of the legacy he leaves behind.

“Over the last eight years as local MP I sought his advice on a great many occasions and I always found his guidance to be both wise and practical. Danny was an inspirational mentor to me and so many others and I know that his loss will be felt deeply across the county. Pembrokeshire has lost one its finest servants and my thoughts and prayers are with Christine and the family at this time.”

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Jamie Adams, has paid tribute to former County Councillor, Danny Fellows.

Councillor Adams said: “Danny was a key figure in the economic life of Pembrokeshire for many years and he will be sadly missed.

“We should recognise his contribution to the county firstly as a leading Trades Union official and more latterly as an elected member of Pembrokeshire County Council which he served with distinction.

“I have always believed that part of Danny’s appeal was that he was a man of reason, who could see both sides of an argument. This meant he was never entrenched in his views and this, in turn, gave him the ability to mediate and find common ground in conflict.

“In short he was a man you could do business with. This was an essential part of his make-up and served him well over the years.

“My sympathy goes to his family in their sad loss.”

Mr Fellows’ funeral will be held next Tuesday, February 25 at 1.30pm at Christ Church, Priory Road, Milford Haven. All enquiries to Tom Newing & Sons Ltd, 01646 693180.

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Haverfordwest High School ski trip updated statement

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Haverfordwest High VC School is closed for a pre-arranged Inset day today (Wednesday, 26th February) for staff training.

The school is intending to re-open tomorrow (Thursday) in line with guidance from Public Health Wales.

The family of two pupils who went on a family trip to Northern Italy over half-term have also sought advice from Public Health Wales. Although the family visited the region of Veneto, they did not visit the quarantined town of Vo. The advice for them is the same as for other people who have visited Northern Italy – that they do not need to self-isolate unless they have symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath or fever. Neither of the pupils have presented any symptoms.

To view the statement released by the school yesterday (Tuesday), please visit https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/haverfordwest-high-school-ski-trip-statement

* For the latest advice on coronavirus, please visit the Public Health Wales website at https://phw.nhs.wales/news/public-health-wales-statement-on-novel-coronavirus-outbreak-in-china/

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Pembroke child was kept in almost ‘unimaginable filth and deprivation’

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WHEN Police entered a Pembroke house to investigate an allegation a child was being kept in unsanitary, they found a scene of almost unimaginable filth and deprivation.
On Tuesday (Feb 25), Magistrates in Haverfordwest heard Police officers attended the property earlier this year. They were barely able to open its door to squeeze inside the filthy dwelling.
Officers found the rotting corpse of a dog on the kitchen floor, the toilet bowl overflowing with excrement, and water with a film of scum in the sink.
No food was found in the fridge apart from a single container of out-of-date coleslaw.
The woman’s bedroom was littered with empty boxes of wine.
When officers examined the child’s bedroom, they found the child grubby and unkempt. The child hadn’t been washed for a long time. Its only food appeared to be rice scattered on its bed.
The child is now in foster care.
Given the seriousness of the case, the Prosecution invited the Bench to send the case to Swansea Crown Court.
Neither the child nor its mother can be named for legal reasons.
Mr David Elvey, defending, did not object to the Crown’s application and made no submissions on his client’s behalf.
Magistrates committed the case to Swansea Crown Court for a hearing on March 27.
The Bench extended the woman’s unconditional bail to the Crown Court date.

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Last Pembroke bank to close HSBC confirms

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THE LAST bank branch in Pembroke is due to close in the summer, HSBC has confirmed this week. Pembroke is one of 27 branches HSBC is set to close by the end of this year, with the Pembroke branch closing on July 31.

The bank has said that jobs may be at risk due to the closure.

HSBC was the last bank in Pembroke. Barclays and Santander closed last year.

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