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Be inspired during Adult Learners Week

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AN EXCITING programme of activities designed to inspire more people to discover how learning can positively change their lives is taking place in Pembrokeshire as part of Adult Learners Week (Jun 18-26).

The programme provides a range of opportunities for adults to learn new skills and try new activities, free of charge, in various locations around the county.

The schedule has been organised by Learning Pembrokeshire, Pembrokeshire County Council’s adult learning team.

Pembroke Dock Community Learning Centre will be kicking off the programme with a fantastic Open Day on Friday, June 15, from 10am to 2pm. The free activities include yoga and mindfulness, silk painting and cake decorating and there is also the chance to find out about the centre’s GCSE classes, starting in September.

On Saturday, June 16, from 10am, a Welsh Learner’s Festival will be held at the Cilgerran Wildlife Centre near Cardigan, with activities ranging from folk music workshops to lectures on local history, guided wildlife walks, and more. A presentation for this year’s Pembrokeshire Welsh Learner of the Year will also take place in the afternoon. The festival has been organised by Learning Pembrokeshire’s Welsh for Adults Service.

Come Sunday, June 17, there will be a wide range of fun packed family activities at Pembroke Dock Memorial Gardens from 12pm to 4pm, led by Springboard, Learning Pembrokeshire.

Tenby Community Learning Centre in conjunction with Tenby Library are also holding a packed programme of events.

On Monday, June 18, storyteller Phil Okwedy presents storytelling for adults between 7 and 9 pm.

On Wednesday, June 20, a coffee morning will take place between 10.30am and 12.30 pm, along with children’s story time linked to a family friendly stained-paper crafting session, and a stained glass demonstration.

A variety of free bite-size ‘have a go’ sessions will also be held throughout the day including using your tablet creatively, a learning Welsh taster, chair yoga and digital literacy – being safe online.

On Tuesday, June 26, a bitesize creative writing workshop, will take place from 7pm to 9pm. For more information on activities at Tenby, call Jo on 01437 770190 or email tenby.learning@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

The Learning Pembrokeshire programme will culminate in a day of activities with a wide range of free taster sessions at Pembrokeshire Archives in Prendergast, Haverfordwest on Friday, June 22, from 10am-3pm. Whether you want to have a go at Welsh, learn how to use stop motion animation, make jewellery or have a go on the potter’s wheel, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone!

As well as inspiring adults to learn new things in Adult Learner’s Week, Learning Pembrokeshire will also be celebrating the achievements of its learners.

An exhibition of learners’ work will be on display in the Pembrokeshire Archives building and an official ceremony will be held to present awards to all the learners who gained accreditation during the last academic year.

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Newgale: New £30m road proposed to combat coastal damage

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has revealed a preferred new route for a road around Newgale today (Sept 25) at an event in Roch.

The new stretch of road would begin at Pencym and end at a new roundabout near Roch.

A new route is needed due to fears about road closures during high tides and winds, as well as coastal damage caused by global warming.

Reports have suggested that the current Newgale road may not exist in 20 years times.

The new route could cost up to £30m – compared to £40m a proposed viaduct would cost – and would need funding from the Welsh Government.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Transport officials will continue to work closely with the authority as they progress with their studies and firm up their proposals for addressing the current problems with the A487.

“Welsh Government is open to consider an application for funding to move forward the development work.”

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MP calls on Welsh Government to explain broadband delays

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STEPHEN CRABB has called on the Welsh Government to come clean over broadband rollout delays.

Minister Julie James AM, whose responsibilities include digital infrastructure and inclusion, has been urged to explain the reasons for delays to the rollout of superfast broadband to rural properties across Wales.

Last year, the Superfast Cymru scheme saw BT receive £425m in return for connecting the vast majority of premises in Wales to next-generation broadband.

When the contract ended, 90,000 mainly rural properties still had not been connected. Further details of another scheme to complete the work were due to be announced in July, but at the start of August, Julie James AM suddenly announced that ‘unforeseen issues’ were causing delays which could not be further discussed because of ‘commercial confidentiality’.

Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, said: “It’s simply unacceptable for the Minister responsible to announce delays to the next stage of Broadband rollout but refuse to explain why. Access to reliable, fast broadband is of increasing importance to businesses, large and small, in Pembrokeshire and I have worked with many across the constituency to improve their broadband access.

“However, the digital divide continues to exist with rural communities in Pembrokeshire suffering again. It is an inescapable fact that delivery of broadband infrastructure is devolved to the Welsh Government and Julie James AM should now come forward and explain the reasons for these delays.”

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Air ambulance lands at ‘serious’ crash scene

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THE WALES AIR AMBULANCE has landed at the scene of a serious crash this morning (Sept 25) between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts on the A477.

Posts on Facebook from witnesses at the scene say a man is being treated by paramedics.

Police have said one car was involved in the incident.

In addition to the helicopter, Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

The road is currently closed with diversions in place.

A police spokesperson said:  “Dyfed-Powys Police is at the scene of a serious RTC between the Sentry Cross and Honeyborough roundabouts, Pembrokeshire.

“The A477 stretch between those roundabouts is currently closed while emergency services deal with the incident. One car is involved; the driver has received serious injuries.

“No further information is available at this time.”

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