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Celebrate National Parks Week on the Pembrokeshire Coast

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THERE ARE many ways to celebrate National Parks Week on the Pembrokeshire Coast this July with a range of family friendly events and experiences to help engage with or rediscover the world-class coastline of the county.

National Parks Week is the annual National Park family festival championing all that is unique and special about National Parks. This year’s festival takes place July 22 – 29 and celebrates the countless opportunities to get outside and discover the length and breadth of the UK’s 15 National Parks.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Chair, Gwyneth Hayward said: “There are so many different ways you can enjoy the Pembrokeshire Coast during National Parks Week, from joining in with one of the many organised events to discovering somewhere new.

“As 2018 is the Year of the Sea, many will be drawn to the coast, but don’t forget about the many quieter corners that the National Park has to offer, such as the Preseli Hills, Gwaun Valley and Daugleddau Estuary.”

Events during the week include Pirates and Princes on July 25 at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, The Pembrokeshire Pirate Trail from July 25 onwards at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill and a Seafood Barbeque with Live Music on July 28 at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, St Davids.

Activities out and about in the National Park landscape include a seven-mile Preseli Hill Walk on July 25, a Leisurely Lighthouse Tour at Strumble Head on July 27, a chance to enjoy the Coast at night at Lower Treginnis Farm near St Davids on July 27 and an opportunity to explore Castlemartin by Minibus.

Don’t forget to tag your photos with #NationalParksWeek2018 and #DiscoverNationalParks across the summer.
For more information on all Pembrokeshire Coast National Park events visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/events.

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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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