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The Welsh Dragonboat Championship is almost upon us as the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend nears. 

The event, set to take place at Pembrokeshire’s Llys y Fran Country Park & Reservoir, is organised by the Narberth and Whitland Rotary and sponsored by Pembrokeshire’s Princes Gate Spring Water. The organisers have worked hard to ensure that this is a fun-filled family day out, in addition to the important fundraising element that the Dragonboat championship itself contributes: Teams of 17 members, including one drummer at the helm, will vie for the coveted title of Welsh Dragonboat Champions. All funds raised will be donated to a number of beneficiaries including the Noah’s Ark Appeal and Pembrokeshire’s Paul Sartori charity.

Rotary organiser Mary Adams is hopeful that people from all around Pembrokeshire will embrace this event and that it will be the first of many more to come; ‘We have tirelessly and unashamedly promoted this event at every opportunity! The line up of entertainment and family-oriented activities will ensure that this will appeal to all members of the community. Of course there is the serious matter of raising funds for our worthy beneficiaries, but even this is approached in a fun way; the Dragonboat teams are comprised of novices and dragonboat race veterans, which I’m sure will only add to the hwyl of the day!’

In addition to entertainment attractions (including bouncy castles, Sumo Wrestling & Bucking Bronco to mention but a few), there will be a fully licensed beer tent in operation, and guests will enjoy the very best of Pembrokeshire produce from the BBQ’s which will be in operation throughout the day. Entertainment in the afternoon will also be provided in the form of live music performed by bands ‘Audio Soup Kitchen’, ‘Sad Cafe Jammers’ and Jack Castle Sound, before a DJ takes over and entertains the remaining crowds well into the evening. During the day when the boats launched from the shoreline and when they return sea shanties will be performed by a Pembrokeshire group called “The Vagrant Crew”

In a bid to promote the even as a family attraction, for car parking and pedestrians there is a one-off £1.00 entry per Adult  and children are free of charge. Llys y Fran management are also generously inviting event spectators to pitch tents overnight – at no extra charge – thereby also promoting responsible drinking. There are still stand spaces available for exhibitors to market their produce at a modest price of £20, and charities are welcome to take a stand space free of charge.

The Welsh Dragonboat Championship takes place on Sunday 25th May at Llys y Fran Country Park & Reservoir. For more general event information or on how to reserve a stand, please contact Ken Morgan 01834 860 873 or 07972 378 301 or by email ken@kenmorgandbm.co.uk

 

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Flo Evans: Was Cooper responsible?

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‘THE PEMBROKESHIRE MURDERS’ has brought the crimes of local man, John Cooper, back to the forefront of our minds.
A notorious and brutal man, his crime spree, which could have started as early as 1961, would go on to leave 4 people dead, 30 homes burgled and 2 serious sexual assaults.

But now many local people worry that Cooper, who was sentenced to life in prison in 2011, may have been responsible for more.

This weeks ‘The Pembrokeshire Herald’ printed edition takes an in-depth look at 2 mysterious deaths in Llangolman, but there’s another death far closer to Cooper’s former stomping ground that the family believe could be connected to ‘The Bullseye Killer’.

At the time of her death in 1989, the same year that the Dixon’s met their grisly demise on the coastal path near Little Haven, frail 77 year old Flo Evans lived in Jordanston, a stones throw from Cooper’s house and well within his patch, in fact Mrs. Evans was mentioned by Cooper during police interviews.
It was later revealed that both John and Pat would visit Flo and John would do odd-jobs around her home.
Flo, it’s believed, liked the couple so much that she tried to help them secure land nearby for a small-holding.

Days after telling her friends that she was unable to find her house keys, Flo Evans was found dead in her bathtub, fully clothed.

Mrs. Evans death was, at the time, believed to be the result of her slipping and banging her head before falling into the bath and drowning.
Flo’s family never believed that version of events, talking to The Sun, Flo’s great-niece Rena Murphy said: “Aunt Flo was very set in her ways, she did things in a particular fashion.
“But the way she was found fully clothed in a cold bath and with no money in the house . . . we knew it was suspicious.”

Flo’s niece, Jean, said “Cooper knew my aunt. He visited her regularly and would have known there was always money in her handbag and more hidden upstairs.
“He lived across the fields from her and that fits with the way he approached his other victims.

“We could never understand why Aunt Flo was found dead in the bath with all her clothes on.
“She always lit a fire in the kitchen to heat the water before taking a bath and that fire wasn’t lit.”
“Money was missing, she didn’t have her false teeth in, the TV wasn’t switched off properly and the front door was open.”
Jean went on: “Hopefully, the police will now reopen the case. It would give us some closure.”

Rena finished by saying: “Even if they never charge him, we will still have the satisfaction of knowing he is locked up for good.”

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Puppies and ‘large quantity’ of alcohol stolen from Bramble Hall Farm

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of four puppies and a large quantity of alcohol from Bramble Hall Farm, Pembroke Dock, at approximately 5pm on Sunday, January 10.

It is understood that one of the puppies, believed to be blind, was found wandering in Monkton and has been recovered.

A source close to the farm said they believed that the culprit or culprits may have driven to the farm in a retired local taxi.

Anyone with information about the theft or knows the whereabouts of the dogs please contact PC 773 quoting reference DPP/0053/10/01/2021/01/C.

This can be done online at: http://orlo.uk/0GKuU, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

(Photo: Police at Bramble Hall Farm as part of a previous investigation into animal welfare. Herald photographer)

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Business grants: Find answers to frequently asked questions

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A SERIES of frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to Covid-19 business grants has been put together by Pembrokeshire County Council.

It is hoped the FAQs will answer many of the queries being received from local businesses.

Understandably, given the number of different grants schemes that have been announced by the Welsh Government over the last year there have been a lot of questions about which grant to apply for, how the money will be distributed, anticipated timescales for payments etc.

The current grants being processed are the Restrictions Grants. The Firebreak grants have now closed.

One of the most frequent questions received is about the automatic payments of the Non Domestic Rates related grant.

The FAQs explain that where possible automatic payments for the Restrictions Grant were made at the end of December and start of January.

All automatic payments have now been processed.

If you have not received an automatic payment relating to the Non Domestic Rates grant then you will need to apply.

The Council has a dedicated team working hard to process the grants to ensure that the money reaches Pembrokeshire businesses as soon as possible.

The FAQs can be found here https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/business-advice-and-support under the Restrictions Business Fund heading.

Further information on business grants and how to apply can be found via the same link.

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