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Fun day organised by Withybush protesters

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THE SAVE WITHYBUSH GROUP are hosting a fun day to raise funds as they continue to campaign against the proposed downgrade to a community hospital in the Hywel Dda consultation.

The event is being held tomorrow (Jun 16) at Haverfordwest Football Club, starting with a march at 11:30am to the town centre.

There, it is hoped that the public will interact with the group, and petitions will be signed. The group have invited a brass band to perform, with Peter Stock arranging the provision of Pembrokeshire flags, and there is an invitation for individuals to bring along their own, non-political banners.

The march is anticipated to last around one hour, and from 12:30pm the Football Club will host live entertainment, arts & crafts and a mini food festival, with some of the best food Pembrokeshire has to offer.

Trehale Farm will supply sausages, bacon, burgers and pulled pork, as will the Welsh Burger Company, whilst Cafe Tuk Tuk are providing coffee, teas, cold drinks and snacks. Farmers Food at Home will be bringing a lovely selection of homemade jams and pickles, with scones and wraps. Lochmeyler Farm have homemade ice creams, Torth y Tir will be selling organic wood fired pizza and Martin McGeowan is providing ice cream, lollies and slush puppies. Jar of Hearts will supply a variety of hot and cold drinks, shakes, homemade cakes, sweet pastries, cookies, sweets and popcorn cones.

There will be music from Saint City Jazz Band, Jess Dando, Seren, Jumping Fleas Ukulele Group and Cantabile Singers of Pembrokeshire.

There will be entertainment from magician Dave Hitchcott, face painting & glitter tattoos by Rosie Farrar, bungees, rodeo ride, hook a duck, tin can alley, cork shoot, swing boats and a mini steam train.
There will also be fancy dress and prizes for the best costumes. The fun day finishes at 5pm and serves as a chance to hand in completed petitions and letters for the board. Pembrokeshire Bouncy Castles are providing their services and equipment completely free of charge, in support of the attempt to try and save their A&E Department.

Those who provide activities free of charge will be advertised on a special page on the Save Withybush website, and will have the opportunity to hand out flyers and cards on the day.

Catering will have charges due to the costs for caterers, who will donate a percentage of their profits to the fundraising pot to finance posters and banners.

The group plan to hand in the petition to the Welsh Government on the steps of The Senedd in Cardiff on July 6.

The logistics are still being figured out, with plans for a pay on the day system where coaches ferry people to Cardiff. From there the group will meet with a senior member of the petitions committee on the steps and hand over the petition, with photos and press coverage.

A traditional political demonstration outside Withybush hospital is also being planned for July 7, to further remind politicians of the opposition there is in the county.

The group also plan to visit the Health Board HQ in Carmarthenshire between July 13-27 to hand them a copy of the petition, as well as the many letters sent in by members of the public.

This trip and its logistics are also being worked out, but as some of the fun day’s fundraising is being put aside to finance the trip’s coaches, it is hoped to be a free journey.

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Council’s cannon stolen from outside Cleddau Bridge Hotel

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A LARGE cannon has been stolen from the now closed Cleddau Bridge Hotel in Pembroke Dock in the last few days.

A local councillor and the police have appealed for information which will lead to the safe return of the gun.

Ward councillor Joshua Beynon said: “Dyfed-Powys Police have just telephoned me to say they are investigating the cannon that was stolen from the former Cleddau Bridge Hotel. It is believed to have gone missing sometime between the evening of Wednesday 20th March to the morning of Thursday 21st March.”

The police said in a statement: “If anyone has any information then can I urge you to call the police on 101 and quote the crime number: DPP/0064/21/03/2019/01/C as soon as possible.”

The cannon, one of two dug up from the ground at Hobbs Point and later restored, used to stand outside Llanion Park, the former offices of South Pembrokeshire District Council, which is now the head office of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The canon is the property of Pembrokeshire County Council and was given to the hotel on loan.

The hotel’s management neglected to make arrangements for its return to the local authority on closing down.

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How to get a refund for unused Cleddau Bridge tickets after April 1

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has announced details on how it plans to refund Cleddau Bridge users left with unused books of bridge tickets after it becomes toll-free.
From 1st April until 30th June refunds will be available from the Cleddau Bridge office itself and the North Wing Customer Service Centre in County Hall, Haverfordwest.
Refunds for all three classes of tickets will be available at the Cleddau Bridge office.

The classes are:

Class A blue-coloured tickets (for motorcycles)
Class B red tickets (cars and light commercial vehicles)
Class C orange tickets (HGVs).

Refunds at the office will be available round-the-clock from 12 noon on 1st April and will be paid – wherever possible – back to the original debit/credit cards up to a maximum of £150 with cash refunds up to £30.

Any refunds over £150 will be made by BACS transfer unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Only Class B red tickets will be refunded at the North Wing Customer Service Centre in Haverfordwest.

Here, refunds will be paid back to the original debit/credit card up to a maximum of £90 (ie three books of 50 tickets)

The maximum cash refund at this location will be £30 (ie one book of 50 tickets).

Refunds at the North Wing Customer Service Centre will be available weekdays between 9 am and 1 pm and 2 pm until 5 pm.

Organisations which have previously purchased tickets with a value exceeding £400 will be contacted during the week commencing Monday, 25th March with instructions on how to reclaim their refunds on an appointment basis at the Cleddau Bridge office.

The County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Paul Miller, said: “I am delighted to announce that bridge users who have unused tickets due to the cessation of tolls will be reimbursed and not find themselves out of pocket.”
Those who qualify for refunds are asked to wait a few days before making a claim so as to avoid a long wait. This particularly applies to refunds at the Cleddau Bridge office.

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Council issue ‘rave alert’ to farmers, landowners and local communities

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL and Dyfed-Powys Police are asking farmers, landowners and local communities to be on alert over the coming weekend (23rd and 24th March) for warning signs of any illegal raves planned for their land.

Any suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the police, especially if there are unusual numbers of vehicles – in particular, camper vans, vans or trucks – seen in the locality.

Illegal trespassers may recce sites in advance of any rave, or people may approach landowners and ask around for land, in the guise of hiring it for acceptable activities such as gymkhanas or scout camps.

Raves can cause anxiety to the community they are held in and, if not dealt with swiftly, are difficult to stop due to the sheer numbers of people involved. There is also a safety concern involved in breaking up such events.

Anyone with concerns should call Dyfed Powys Police on 101 and ask to speak to the Duty Sergeant or Duty Inspector at Haverfordwest Police Station.

Alternatively, please call Pembrokeshire County Council’s out-of-hours service on 01437 775522.

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