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Historic hotel ready to welcome new owner

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ALTHOUGH reputed to have a history going back as far as 1625, Hotel Mariners in Haverfordwest has been more reliably dated to 1729 – heyday of the Georgian coaching Inn.

Whatever its true age, this comfortable, well-appointed Grade II listed property in the town centre has remained the principal hotel in Haverfordwest and is now on the market with Colliers International with offers invited in the region of £1 million.

Peter Brunt, a director in Colliers International’s Hotels Agency team, said Hotel Mariners had been in the same family for three generations, but younger members of the family are looking to other careers so the hotel is on the market for the first time since 1981.

“This gives potential operators an opportunity to purchase a fully functioning business in this key regional town,” he said.

“Hotel Mariners is a real all-rounder, serving both locals and visitors and is frequently used for weddings and other functions.”

“Haverfordwest is at the hub of a lovely corner of Pembrokeshire and provides a great base for prospective owners.  In addition to being a great place to live and work, the accounts for year ending October 2017 show net sales of £707,382 which resulted in a tidy profit.”

The landmark hotel has 27 letting bedrooms and, crucially for this part of Pembrokeshire, a large car park, although it also benefits from being within walking distance of local shops, supermarkets and leisure facilities.

The main hotel was constructed in the 18th century with alterations in the 20th Century – more recently the lounge bar has been fully refurbished and caters for around 45 people. The restaurant is arranged over two floors with 64 covers. In addition, there is a first floor, theatre-style conference room.

Peter Brunt said: “The former meeting room is presently used as a ladies clothing shop – on sale, a six month lease will be granted to allow this use to continue until an alternative venue is found.

“Next door to the hotel is a three-bedroom house with a common boundary, which is available by separate negotiation. This property is not currently used as part of the business but could be used as an owners’ home or for staff accommodation.”

He added: “Haverfordwest is the ancient county town of Pembrokeshire and acts as a hub for people to explore the surrounding region, with good connections to Fishguard, Cardigan, Milford Haven, Narberth, Carmarthen and Tenby.”

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Meet the Pembrokeshire Mower Doctor

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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

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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

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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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