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Haverhub – Grants success for vital community project



By Rhys Williams

HAVERHUB’S perseverance has paid off as their application for a substantial grant has proven successful.
The organisation had set their sights on revitalising the old Post Office as a venue for tourists and locals alike, and to bring back a sense of community to the county town, and with the latest news they can move forward with their plan.
The Quay Street site, which started mail and counter services in 1936, has been left empty and neglected in recent times, as the Post Office has been relocated to Bridge Street.
The property was bought last year by Jemima Properties’ Jerry Evans, who is also redeveloping the high street Swales Music Centre, and he is leasing the Post Office to the community building organisation HaverHub.
Slowly but surely the initiative has gathered momentum, with Game of Thrones and Ripper Street star Jerome Flynn agreeing to become Patron of the organisation, and fundraising events now taking place regularly.
However, in order to refurbish the dilapidated site, finance was needed, and whilst fundraising and sponsors have helped, grants are have up until this point taken longer than would be hoped.
HaverHub Coordinator Gitti Coats explained: “While we are frustrated that some grants have taken considerably longer than expected to process the applications, we are also grateful for other, smaller grants which have been much smoother, such as £10,000 from The Big Lottery last year, and the Leader Grant has recently helped fund us to get our planning permission application in.”
The Leader Grant refers to the £14,980 grant from Arwain Sir Benfro, the local action group for Pembrokeshire, overseen by the community support group PLANED; Partnerships for Local Action and Network for Enterprise & Development.
Such grants have helped the growth of HaverHub, as have the generous donations of the public, and various business sponsors, such as Pembroke Design Ltd, but the organisation has been bolstered massively by the news that the Town Heritage Initiative funding has also been allocated to HaverHub for works to the listed building for roof repairs and windows and that after months of pressure waiting an important capital grant from the Welsh Government and the EU (RCDF) has finally arrived.
Gitti said: “There is great excitement behind the scenes as we can start planning the renovation in detail at last.”
The grant in question is the Rural Community Development Fund, in association with both the Welsh Government and the European Union, with the aim to invest in local community based organisations, and Coats said how ‘this second grant will bring HaverHub forward with some extensive renovations.’
Things seem to be progressing quickly as Coats detailed her plans for the future, which include ‘combining the Welsh Government grant from this week with the Town Heritage Initiative’.
She said: “We should also get a call next week from the Architectural Heritage Project, which would go towards surveys and professional fees. But capital funds are separate from any running and event costs, which the Haver Helpers will keep covering by putting on fun events, so please bring friends and have fun in the rough and ready events.”
As things stand, HaverHub continues to go from strength to strength through the hard work of its volunteers, and in the words of Coats, ‘seeing the site renovated and full of music, events, art and markets, as well as some great classes for all ages, will make it all worth it.’

Haverhub: Children participate in the junior duck race on Easter Saturday (Pic: Herald)


Meet the Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor



A NEW Pembrokeshire business is proving to be an inspiration for young people after its recent launch.

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor is the brainchild of Ewan Griffiths, who turned his dream into reality thanks to the advice and support of Cam Nesa.

The project aims to reduce the number of young people aged 16-24 who are not in education, training or employment.

Before signing up to Cam Nesa, Ewan was out of work and struggling for direction, and anxiety was preventing him from maximising his potential.

Throughout his journey with Cam Nesa, Ewan worked closely with youth worker Donna Wright to devise a plan that provided support and guidance to improve his confidence and self-esteem, and provide mechanisms for coping with anxiety.

In addition, the project provided Ewan with opportunities to gain qualifications and obtain information that would help him with starting his own business.

Ewan’s message to other young people is simple, “If you find yourself struggling, there is help.”

“Cam Nesa supported me in all aspects of my plan, and working with Donna was fantastic.”

“I would definitely encourage others to reach out for support.”

Donna Wright, who supported Ewan throughout his Cam Nesa journey, said that the launch of his new business is a great source of pride for Cam Nesa and Pembrokeshire Youth Service.

“Ewan has come on leaps and bounds, and it was his engagement and determination that has made his outcome with Cam Nesa so successful and inspiring”, she said.

“Congratulations Ewan on your achievements, and we all wish you good luck with your new business.”

The Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor provides repairs and servicing for mowers, strimmers, hedge cutters, and most agricultural engines, with the mobile service providing collection and returns.

For more information, search ‘Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor’ on Facebook.

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Milford Haven: Mount estate death not being treated as suspicious say police



POLICE have confirmed that following a welfare visit to a property in Mount Estate, they discovered a male occupant, in his 30’s, in need of medical help.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he sadly passed away on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a property at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Friday 30th April 2021, following a report of concern for the welfare of the occupier.

“A male was taken to hospital where he died on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

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Polling station changes in Pembrokeshire



POLLING STATIONS in Pembrokeshire are open today (May 6) but a small number may have changed from the last time you voted.

In Neyland, the polling station will be at the new Community Hub building on John Street.

St Katherine’s Church Hall will be the new host for the station in Milford Haven, having previously been held at the Murray Suite in the town hall.

A polling station will be placed at the leisure centre in Haverfordwest while one at Trecwn has been moved to the Gate, Scleddau.

Voters in the county will be electing for the Preseli Pembrokeshire and the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituencies.

People will also be able to select five MSs to represent the Mid and West Wales Region.

The candidate with the most votes will win the constituency but the ballot for the region will be decided by a different process.

People will be elected according to their share of the vote, using a mathematical process, and gives parties who may have won fewer or no constituencies a better chance of winning regional ones.

It will also be a big day for 16 and 17 year olds as they will be able to vote in Welsh elections for the first time.

The ballots will be counted on Friday (May 7) with results expected to come in from the afternoon.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will close at 10pm.

All those who vote will be required to stick to Covid-19 safety measures including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

Clean pencils will be available but voters can bring their own pen or pencil.

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