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LNG volunteering programme helps to fund safety equipment

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Volunteers from South Hook LNG (Julian Owens, Business Services Manager; Christian Smart, Process Operator): With members from Pembrokeshire Yacht Club.

PEMBROKESHIRE YACHT CLUB (PYC) has new safety equipment thanks to the support of volunteers who work at South Hook LNG and the energy company’s commitment to rewarding the community work of its people.

Money received by PYC is the result of volunteering efforts of two members of the South Hook LNG team – both of whom have assisted the Club with the sail training of its members and have committed over sixty hours between them, during the course of 2017. The volunteering hours were rewarded with a direct financial contribution to the Club, where purchases of VHF radios and a safety boat engine are helping to keep everyone safe whilst afloat.

Mariam Dalziel, PR Manager at South Hook LNG said: “It’s great that we are able to support the volunteering work of our people in their chosen community ventures. Without the dedication of volunteers across the County, many organisations would struggle. We are proud to be able to give something back to the community projects that matter to our colleagues, acknowledging their hard work and commitment.”

Christian Smart, Process Operator at South Hook LNG has been volunteering at the PYC for over 20 years, and spends much of his time instructing students of all abilities and ages, how to sail.

Christian said: “The funding received through South Hook LNG’s volunteering programme is invaluable, helping us to purchase and maintain essential safety equipment and provide sail training”. Christian continues, “The Club has had many success stories over the years with some of the sailors achieving Welsh and British Championship titles, but it’s not all about the winning. We want to be able to continue to offer sailing opportunities to children from the age of eight and to encourage safe active leisure use of the Haven’s sheltered waters.”

Home to a number of the County’s most active water-based teams, from cruiser and dinghy sailing to longboat rowing, scuba diving and angling, the PYC, based in Gellyswick Bay, welcomes anyone who is interested in taking up the sport (www.pembsyachtclub.org.uk).

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County Councillor Dai Boswell guilty

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THE FORMER Pembroke mayor, Cllr Dai Boswell, has been convicted of indecently assaulting a nine-year-old girl by a jury at Swansea Crown Court today (Jun 18).

In relation to three other allegations of indecent assault, Boswell was cleared.

The jury has not yet returned a verdict in relation to an allegation of rape and three further charges of indecent assault.

The judge will accept majority verdicts on those.

The offences are said to have taken place between 1991 and 1994 and relate to two children who were under 13 at the time.

Boswell served in the Army for more than 12 years and was well known locally as district parade marshal for the Royal British Legion.

The Pembrokeshire County Councillor was immediately remanded into custody

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One thousand march to save Withybush Hospital A&E services

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Over 1,000 people marched in Haverfordwest today (June 16) to show their support for the A&E department at Withybush General Hospital.

The protesters marched from Haverfordwest football club, leaving  at 11.30am and made their way via Bridge Street to Castle Square, and then around to the Riverside Shopping Centre, and back to the field behind the football club where a family fun day had been organised.

There were rumours that there would be inclement weather for the protest, but just on cue, the sun came out as the first walkers left the field for what many were describing as a “now or never” attempt to retain services at Withybush.

Conservative politicians joined the march including local MP’s Simon Hart and Stephen Crabb as well as Paul Davies AM. County Councillors and representatives from the Labour party were also at the protest, amongst others.

Stephen Crabb MP told The Herald that all of the University Health Board’s proposals for Withybush Hospital included a “downgrade”, and that this was not acceptable for the people of Pembrokeshire. In a passionate interview with Herald TV he said that today was the day that “local people fight for the services that they deserve.”

Mr Crabb said that he knew that recruitment of staff was a “challenge across the whole of the UK” but the Health Board need to be told they need to do more for Pembrokeshire.

Just before the protest, the admin of the Save Withybush Group on Facebok posted: “Over 22,000 have joined this group and almost 23,000 have signed the petition so we know there is massive support among the people of Pembrokeshire to save our hospital. Now we just need everyone to turn out this Saturday and show Hywel Dda Health Board that we mean business and that they will not get away with closing our A&E or any of the vital services at Withybush.”

Drivers of vehicles honked their horns as they drove past the protest which was led by musicians from the Saint City Jazz Band from St Davids.

Many people told Herald reporters that they felt that the hospital had been “deliberately undermined” ans that uncertainty created by the Health Board themselves in relation to hospital services was having a negative effect on the recruitment of staff.

This large march and fun day is described by organisers as the first stage in a summer of action to fight for services at Withybush Hospital.

Those who have not already done so are urged to fill in the consultation document published by Hywel Dda University Health Board.

  • Photography by Mike Hillen and Aad Oostermeijer.
  • Additional reporting by Matthew Roberts

 

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Pembroke Dock: Dog in black bag found dead in water

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A SHOCKING image of a dead dog which was found in the water at Pembroke Port, wrapped in a black bag, has been sent to The Herald.

The image was sent to us by a local man who pulled the bag out of the water.

Once on the dry land, he realised that tragically the remains of a dog was inside.

The shocking uncensored image is below.

WARNING: Upsetting imagery follows.

A witness at the scene told the Herald that police were called to the scene following the discovery.

The man who made the discovery told us: “The bag was down floating by the tugs, Pembroke Port, it looked like a tent bag at first.

“We pulled it up and took it on the walkway to cut it open – we didn’t know what it was.

“Once it was opened, we could see there were stones inside, and then as we opened it more it was obvious the dog was inside.

“To be honest, it looked like it had been in there a while.”

The man then told us that as he left the scene, a member of the tugboats called the police.

“It’s not nice, horrible to see, not nice at all. It didn’t look like a young dog but you don’t have any idea really with it in that state,” he added.

The Herald has contacted Dyfed-Powys Police for more information.

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