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bbc attentionSTUDENTS from Pembrokeshire College, Ysgol Bro Gwaun and Portfield School recently found themselves featuring on the well-known BBC Countryfile programme as part of their John Muir Discover Award.

In early January members of the John Muir Discover Award team met at the Iron Age fort, Castell Henllys, to carry out an important conservation task and participate in filming for an upcoming BBC Countryfile programme.

The group, made up of students from Portfield School in Haverfordwest, Ysgol Bro Gwaun and Pembrokeshire College’s Health Science course had been meeting weekly since September 2013 to pursue the John Muir Discover Award, which they all successfully completed in December of last year.

The award, delivered by Mark Bond of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, required the students to spend numerous days visiting various “Wild Places” around the county where they explored and conserved the environment whilst sharing the experiences gained. The group participated in beach, river, upland and woodland based sessions where they formed a real connection with nature and contributed to some important conservation projects around the county.

When the BBC Countryfile team heard about the group’s experiences they decided to come and film them for their programme. The task for the day was to mend the walls of the Iron Age Round Houses at Castell Henllys. This involved the students following the historic method of daubing a special mix of clay, straw and cow manure onto the walls.

It was an extremely mucky job but it was met with the levels of enthusiasm and determination that the group has become known for. The students took turns producing the mix, ferrying barrow-loads of it around the ancient village and daubing in on the walls. A huge effort meant that the largest among the roundhouses at Castell Henllys was entirely re-daubed and it looked very impressive as the sun shone down onto the fort near Newport.

Working with the BBC was a wonderful experience for the young people who were also interviewed by Countryfile host Ellie Harrison about the task they had undertaken.

Your Park Discovery Ranger Mark Bond had this to say in tribute to his group: “It has been a fantastic project to be involved with from start to finish.

This is a quite exceptional group of young people who quickly grasped the meaning and potential of this John Muir Award and made lasting connections, not only with the natural world but also with themselves and each other. It’s so fitting that the project ended with a task such as this, and having the BBC come and celebrate what we’ve achieved was just the icing on the cake.”

The episode was aired on BBC1 on January 26 and can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/SasXTx0_NII

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Welsh Deputy Minister visits New Farm Shop

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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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