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Protesters against Trump heading to London

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PEMBROKESHIRE STOP THE WAR COALITION have organised a coach so that Pembrokeshire Residents can join a demonstration in London to be held on Friday, July 13.

The National Demonstration, themed ‘Together Against Trump’ has been organised by The Stop Trump Coalition which is a network of grass-roots campaigns, unions, NGOs and politicians initiated by journalist Owen Jones in February 2017 & Stand Up to Trump which includes a range of campaigns against war, austerity and racism, as well as public figures who have pledged to mobilise against a state visit by Donald Trump.

Maz Saleem, from Stand Up to Trump, said: “Donald Trump is an open racist and sexist, a volatile and dangerous character who seems set on taking the West into further wars. Together we will put on a massive united show of opposition to him when Theresa May allows his visit next week.”

Initially Pembrokeshire organisers had planned to share a coach with demonstrators from Swansea to help fill up seats, however due to exceptionally high demand they have now had to put on two separate coaches.

Jim Scott from Pembrokeshire Stop the War Coalition said: “We have been overwhelmed by the interest for the coach. The Swansea group have now had so many people booking seats that they have had to book their own coach for the Friday and one for Saturday too! Here in Pembs we have had so much interest that our coach is nearly full already! At this rate we will have to book a bigger coach or even two!

“What has been especially heartening too is that several people who are unable attend the demonstration but wish to support it have donated money to help fund the coach so that we can offer discounted and even free seats to people on low incomes. It really is a case of everyone pulling together to say no to Trump!”

National organisers urge people to attend the demonstration saying: “Please join us if you’re opposed to Trump’s reactionary agenda of racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, escalating war and confrontation in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America, reneging on climate change commitments, misogyny, sexism and homophobia.
“This could be a march of millions. 4% of the population – or around 2 million people have said that they would ‘definitely’ take part in protests against the visit.

“This demonstration isn’t just about Trump. The treatment of the Windrush generation has highlighted the British elite’s disgraceful record of racism and bigotry. This is a fight against our own ‘hostile environment’ as well as the American government.”

The coach will set off from Fishguard Town Square at 6am on Friday, July 13, and pick up in Haverfordwest (bus station) and Carmarthen (bus station) en route. For anyone wishing to stay overnight in London and attend the further demonstrations on Saturday, July 14, there is the option to return to Pembrokeshire on a separate coach on the Saturday (organised by Swansea Together Against Trump).

Please find the Event Page on Facebook to book on to the coach or call Jim Scott on 07814089250

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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