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Fun day organised by Withybush protesters



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.


Judith Rhead murder investigation – Detectives given more time to question suspect



POLICE have been given more time to question a 43-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

The man has been in police custody since Saturday night, after being arrested over the death 68-year-old Judith Rhead.

She was found in a residential property in Market Street.

The police now have until Thursday afternoon (Feb 25) to question the suspect.

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All people eligible for vaccination will get theirs by end of July



PEOPLE eligible for the coronavirus vaccine will get theirs by the end of July, the Health Minister has said.

Wales achieved its target of getting everyone in the first four priority groups vaccinated by the middle of February and is now working on offering the vaccine to those in groups 5 to 9.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out that people with severe or profound learning disabilities or with a mental illness will be among priority group 6.

Mr Gething said that they were would make sure that no one is left behind.

The latest figures from Public Health Wales show that 878,506 people had received their first dose of the vaccine.

59,279 people have received both doses of the vaccine.

Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services, said: “We have achieved our first milestone of offering everyone in the first four priority groups vaccination by mid-February.

“We are now making progress in achieving our next milestone, which is to offer the vaccine to all individuals in priority groups 5 to 9.

“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has set out that people with a severe/profound learning disability and individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or any mental illness that causes severe functional impairment, should be invited for vaccination as part of priority group 6.

“There are challenges with identifying individuals within these groups, particularly given the JCVI language is not generally in use in Wales, and we are working hard to make sure that no one is left behind. Today we have published guidance on identifying eligible individuals in these groups and on how to support them to take up their vaccine offers.

“The JCVI has also said that some of our invaluable unpaid carers should be included in priority group 6.

“Today we have also published guidance on identifying those unpaid carers eligible for vaccine prioritisation and the process around this. I am grateful to the national carers’ organisations for their support with this work.”

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Council want your help to keep Pembrokeshire active



PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is asking residents to give their views on local walking and cycling routes.

The Council aims to make journeys on foot and by bicycle easier, safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

In order to design a network that works for all, the Council would like to get the views of as many people as possible, particularly those who don’t currently walk or cycle. This will help ensure the routes built for walking and cycling work for the whole community.

The consultation focuses on the main towns and villages in Pembrokeshire which have been selected by Welsh Government as the designated localities in the County. These are:

  • Fishguard & Goodwick
  • Haverfordwest
  • Johnston
  • Milford Haven
  • Neyland
  • Pembroke Dock
  • Pembroke
  • Tenby
  • Saundersfoot
  • Narberth

Pembrokeshire Council is currently undertaking an Active Travel Network Map consultation (ATNM) which will run in 3 stages

Consultation 1: Residents can take part in the consultation exercise online, hosted by Commonplace at

The interactive map allows participants to flag issues, problems and successes on a plan of the active travel settlement and add comments. Such points could be for example, a pavement that is too narrow or a newly built cycle route that is regarded as a success.

The first stage of the consultation will close on 31 st March 2021.

Consultation 2: Following this, the second step of the consultation will see the Council share the initial findings and ask people what they think of the plans
proposed as a result of the feedback received.

Consultation 3: The third stage of the consultation will give members of the public a final say on the Active Travel Network Maps before they are sent to Welsh Government for approval. These maps will have been produced taking into account public feedback and ideas from consultations 1 and 2.

By upgrading facilities and creating new walking and cycling routes, the Council plans to make Active Travel the popular choice for local journeys, to increase the attractiveness of local communities as places to live and work, improve health and well-being, and help tackle air pollution.

Cllr Phil Baker, Pembrokeshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “This consultation exercise will produce an Active Travel Network Map which will be a plan of routes the Council will use to inform where improvements to walking and cycling should be made in Pembrokeshire.

“It will help to make journeys on foot or by bicycle easier and safer for everyone, particularly those who don’t currently walk or cycle often and people who use mobility aids and will build on the increased level of walking and cycling that we have seen over the last 12 months during the pandemic.”

See more information on Active Travel at:

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