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Welsh restaurant in NYC, owned by Milford Haven brothers, to close



A RESTAURANT in America, which is owned by two brothers from Milford Haven, and proudly serves Welsh food, is to close its doors next month.

The Sunken Hundred is located on Cobble Hill, 276 Smith Street in Brooklyn, and is named after the legendary sunken kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod, which is said to have laid between Ramsey Island and Bardsey Island and has been described as the “Welsh Atlantis”.

Two brothers from Milford Haven, Dominic and Illtyd Barret, had planned the restaurant since 2008 and finally opened it in September 2016.

However, today (Feb 18), it was announced that the restaurant is to close.

On the Facebook page the owners said: “With very heavy hearts, we have to announce that on March 3 2018, we will be serving our fabberluss Welsh food and cocktails for the last time. We’ve worked so hard over the last two years to bring a taste of Wales to New York, and the incredible reception our little bar in Brooklyn received was as unexpected as it was overwhelming. Unfortunately, despite all the great reviews and fantastic feedback from our customers, we just don’t see a realistic way to make Sunken Hundred a profitable business. So, regrettably, we’ll be closing our doors and looking forward to new adventures.

“We are immensely proud of Sunken Hundred and what we’ve achieved. None of it, of course, would have been possible without our fantastic staff, many of whom have been with us from the very beginning. Our love and heartfelt thanks go to Ashaun, Freddie, Tori, Charles, Sarah and Ashley; Tom, Terri, Clemmie, Hugh and Jeff; Jon, Annalyn, Kim and Serena. You bought into our seaweed-tinged vision and made Sunken Hundred a very special place, with great food, natty cocktails and superb service. We will miss working, arguing, laughing, crying and scoffing seaweed snacks with you so much. You are simply wonderful.

“We’d also like to thank all the people who’ve supported us – New York Welsh, especially Ty, Marc, Rhodri, Sioned and Gwillim, Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company, Penderyn Whisky, Craig, Stifyn Parri, Heyer Performance, Shana Sokol, Fran Evans, Hong-An and Aidan, Amanda Schuster, Tiny Rebel, the Welsh Government in USA (especially Efe), Chris, Matthew Rhys, Eryn Richards, Hywel and Chloe; our teacher and her students in our weekly Welsh Class: Katie Phillips, Richard, Leigh, Lauren and Kathryn; Mike and Rachel Barry; all our amazing locals, regulars and not-so-regulars and, of course, all our family and friends in the neighbourhood, back home and around the world.

“We have two weeks of Welsh seaweed-munching left, and we would love you to join us to enjoy Cantre’r Gwaelod in the way us Welsh know best: scoffing, singing and maybe just a little bit of swilling. We want to celebrate, not be sad. And we want to celebrate with those closest to us.”


Funeral of Kiara Moore to take place on her birthday



Jet Moore: With his daughter, Kiara

THE FUNERAL of Kiara Moore, the two-year-old who tragically died in the River Teifi in Cardigan on Monday (Mar 19), will take place on Tuesday (Mar 27).

The date would have been her third birthday.

Announcing the funeral on Facebook, her father, Jet Moore, said: “Kiara’s funeral and party will be held on the 27th March.

“Myself, Kim and family would like to invite you all to either the funeral and party for her happy life and birthday! (or just be have a thought for her on this day and make some one happy).”

“Please bring kids if you can! We are keeping it a happy celebration.”

The funeral will take place at Parc Gwyn Crematorium in Narberth, then the Fostrasell Arms in Llandysul.

Jet went on to say that the family want to set up a trust in Kiara’s name to ‘support people who are sad (metal health) and the outdoor environment’.

He added: “So please do not buy flowers but donate money to this and we will make happy experiences for 100s and 1000s I hope!”

Dyfed-Powys Police have said that enquiries are ongoing into the incident, and have warned online ‘trolls’ to be aware of what they post.

A spokesperson said: “Enquiries are continuing to fully understand the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.

“Examination of the vehicle will form part of these enquiries.

“We can also confirm that the vehicle had not been stolen.

“We are aware of potentially malicious comments relating to the incident on social media. These are being reviewed and action may be taken where appropriate.”

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Audit Committee will not make police response public



MEMBERS of the Audit Committee have given an undertaking not to disclose a letter from Dyfed-Powys Police relating to the Commercial Property Grants Scheme in Pembroke Dock.

The Committee met today (Mar 23), where it discussed the response from Dyfed-Powys Police after they agreed to write to them, complaining about the delay in the investigation.

At their previous meeting in January, the committee also resolved to ask a member of the police force to attend the next meeting to give an update.

Detective Super Intendent Shane Williams attended the meeting and asked members not to disclose the letter to the wider public as it may prejudice the criminal proceedings or the right to a fair trial.

However the Council’s Head of Legal Services, Mrs Claire Incledon, told the committee that, in her opinion, the letter was in the public domain and that they would not be able to withhold the letter should an FOI request be made.

Members of the committee resolved that they would not make the letter available to the wider public.

DSI Shane Williams told the committee of a number of interviews that had taken place and said: “Fraud is sometimes complex and does take some time. I am not saying that 25 months is acceptable.”

He went on to say that a meeting was held with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in November 2017 when they asked for further work to be done.

DSI Williams said that the work was nearing completion and that another meeting would be arranged ‘sooner rather than later’ to discuss whether or not to press charges.

He added: “The investigation has taken longer than anticipated but we will be putting some impetus behind this. This is a CPS decision but it is public money and there has been an indication dishonesty or fraud and there should be prosecution.”

Cllr Jacob Williams referred to the letter on several occasions which states that WEFO are the victims in this case but DSI Williams added that Pembrokeshire County Council were also the victims.

When pressed for a response as to why only WEFO were included as victims, DSI Williams said: “From the initial complaint WEFO were the victim but we became aware that that PCC were paying back grant money and therefore had a claim as the victim.”

Audit Committee chairman Tony Baron said it was his impression that they were weeks away from a conclusion and that they should take a view that the letter should not be published until that time.

Chief Executive Ian Westley said it was an ‘option’ for members as there might not be a robust legal defence if they were asked to circulate the letter and they refused.

Cllr Cris Tomos moved that a vote be taken on keeping the letter private but members indicated they would not be prepared to take such a vote.

The Committee resolved to thank DSI Williams for attending and gave an undertaking that they would not make the letter public.

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Milford Haven: Police appealing for information after window smashed



POLICE are appealing for information after a glass window was smashed at a Milford Haven property.

On Tuesday (Mar 20) at approximately 7:30pm, an object was thrown at the front ground floor window at a property on Priory Road, Milford Haven, causing the outer glass panel to smash.

Police say a large number of youths were seen in the area when the incident occurred.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Anyone with information is asked to contact Milford Haven police station via 101.”

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