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Narberth: Swimming pool set to re-open

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Refurbishment: New glazed screen overlooking the pool

​AFTER a closure of nearly two months, SwimNarberth are very happy to announce that the community swimming pool will re-open on January 8.

Not all the work will have been completed until the end of February, when SwimNarberth hope to have a Grand Official Opening, but everyone will be amazed at what has been achieved.

The Narberth Swimming Pool Staff will now have an opportunity to start re-arranging the fixtures and fittings over the Christmas and new year holiday whilst the builders’ A & V Builders Ltd are away.

The decorators have finished the new blue colour scheme which, set against the brilliant white walls and new low energy light fittings give the public areas a vibrant and clean look. Carpets have been removed and new slip-resistant blue safety flooring has been laid in all changing rooms and public areas.

Sue Rees, Chair of the SwimNarberth Trustees​,​ said​:​ “We are absolutely delighted with the new internal layout and extensions, designed by the Architect Ken Morgan, which have allowed us to make a world of difference to the facilities we can now offer to our customers. “​

“Everyone has been so patient and understanding but I am sure they will be delighted with the improvements. We also look forward to being able to welcome lots of new people to come and enjoy visiting SwimNarberth in future. This project has given our community pool a new lease of life which will take us forward for many years to come.”

Manager Steve Howitt​ added: “The pool will be re-opening on Monday the 8th January 2017 and all classes will be back to normal. The only class that will not be running is the Thursday night Aquafit, as we don’t have an instructor for that session at the moment but hope to start soon.

“Thanks to everyone for all their support, we look forward to seeing everyone back and hope we will all enjoy Very Happy Swimming in 2018.”

SwimNarberth secured this grant towards significant improvements to the facility and work started on site in July 2017. This grant was received through the Welsh Government Rural Communities-Rural Development Programme 2015-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

The Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths said: “Our Rural Development Programme is designed to deliver social and economic benefits to rural communities and I am pleased that we have been able to assist with this project. The refurbishment of SwimNarberth is excellent news for the local community and evidence of our commitment to promote social inclusion and improve economic development in rural areas.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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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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