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Affected by the recent storms?

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recent stormsIF ONE of the recent storms left you without power for 24 hours or more, you may be able to claim compensation from your electricity network distributor.

Whether you can claim depends upon the amount of time you were cut off, and whether there were more than the usual number of high voltage faults on the network.

If you’re eligible, you’ll get £27 compensation, followed by an extra £27 for each further twelve hours you’re affected. The maximum payment is £216.

These payments are made under rules set by Ofgem, the energy regulator. If you think you are entitled to compensation, you should contact your regional electricity distributor within three months of getting your power back on, if they haven’t already contacted you. Your regional electricity distributor may not be the same as the company that supplies you with electricity.

If your freezer was affected and you have food that went off , there’s no compensation specifically for that, but you may be able to claim on your household insurance.

If you’ve been badly affected by the recent flooding, you may be able to get some help from your local authority. Emergency Assistance Payments (EAPs) are part of the Discretionary Assistance Fund set up by the Welsh Government, and are to help with essential costs after an emergency or if you have experienced a disaster, for example if there has been a fire or flood in your home. Contact your local authority to find out what help is available and how to apply for it. You can apply online, by post or by phone. Find out more by calling the local rate number for mobiles: 033 0101 5000, or the freephone number for landlines: 0800 859 5924. Your local Citizens Advice Bureau can also offer support and advice on how to apply (see below on how to make contact).

If you rent your home and it has been damaged by the recent floods, you might need some information about who is responsible for doing the repairs and what happens if you need to move out while repairs are being done. Your local Citizens Advice Bureau should be able to help with this and many other issues.

Need advice?

Visit us: 43 Cartlett, Haverfordwest / 38 Meyrick St, Pembroke Dock;Telephone: Adviceline 0844 477 2020

Online information: www.adviceguide.org.uk

Considering volunteering?

Telephone: 01437 767936

Email: recruitment@pembscab.org.uk or visit: www.pembrokeshirecab.org.uk/volunteering

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Pembroke Dock: Extraordinary stories of arctic exploration

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YOU can discover extraordinary stories of arctic exploration at a special event at Pembroke Dock Library this week.

On Wednesday 18th April from 7pm, David Saunders MBE will be discussing the journeys of three ships built in Pembroke Dock and bound for the Arctic, only to be lost in some of the most mysterious stories in the history of exploration.

David is a maritime historian, a subject he has studied extensively and has always been passionate about.

He is also a well-known naturalist, having become the first warden of Skomer Island in 1960. He was awarded a MBE in 2003.

The event is free to attend and no booking is required.

For more information, contact Pembroke Dock Library on 01437 775 825.

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Kilgetty: Walkers raise £3700 for Harriet Davis Trust

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LAST AUGUST, the customers of the White Horse Inn organised a sponsored walk to raise funds for the Harriet Davis Trust.

The team of 30 walkers, led by Dilwyn Davies, has now collected all the sponsor money and the donations have reached a fantastic £3713.

Elizabeth Sleight, fundraiser for the trust said: “This was a truly amazing fundraising effort by Dilwyn and the White Horse Inn team, and we were completely overwhelmed by the result.

“Everyone has been so generous and it will make a huge difference in helping us give disabled children the best possible holidays.”

The Harriet Davis Trust has four holiday houses in Pembrokeshire for disabled children and their families and it is currently raising funds to refurbish its Giltar View property in Southcliffe Street, Tenby.

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Haverfordwest: Fresh artist on the block ready for exhibition

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AN EXHIBITION showcasing the work of an extremely talented local artist will open on Monday, August 1 at The VC Gallery in High Street, Haverfordwest.

Maxine Bunston from Haverfordwest, who has only had one year of experience in the art industry, has managed to create a huge range of fantastic art work, that she will be proudly presenting next week.

The Herald caught up with Maxine, to talk about the art that she will be exhibiting, and what it means to her. She said: “It’s escapism from mental health. It keeps me distracted from low self esteem, especially when people have commented on my appearance. But, mainly, it’s a distraction from mental health and self harm.”

Many of Maxine’s beautiful paintings depict delicate fairies, and The Herald asked Maxine why she decided to feature these in her work. She said: “They’re mystical and magical, and it’s escapism in the way of feeling like a child: Everything is innocent, and it’s the light-heartedness of life, really.”

Maxine has long struggled with mental health, and her art has reflected her emotions and what she was going through at the time.

Everything is innocent: Maxine paints to escape from mental health

Friend of Maxine and regular at The VC Gallery, Mia Gillies, said: “I’ve known Maxine for 10 years, and she started doing art at Bro Cerwen. I’ve seen her evolve from celtic style into really detailed fairy work, with dots and lots of action going on.

“She has really streamlined her work and now, you recognise it as Maxine’s work. It’s also not messy and more, it’s really clean and very intricate.”

All of the paintings at Maxine’s exhibition, which runs from August 1 until August 31, are for sale with prints available on request.

When asked if she classes herself as an artist, Maxine said: “No, I don’t like to call myself an artist. If someone asks me what I do, I don’t say that I’m an artist.”

If you would like to visit The VC Gallery to see Maxine’s wonderful work on display, you can do so from 10am until 5pm, Monday to Friday. To view Maxine’s work online, you can also visit www.facebook.com/escapistfantasyart

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