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Milford Haven: Huge crowd for Christmas lights switch on



THE WEATHER cleared up just in time for the Christmas lantern parade and lights switch-on in Milford Haven on Saturday (Dec 1).

Milford Haven Town band led a procession of families carrying lanterns down Charles Street, Dartmouth Street and up Hamilton Terrace to the Town Hall. They were accompanied by Father Christmas – who this year due to the unavailability of reindeer was kindly towed through the town behind Dan Mill’s pick up truck! The cast of the pantomime at the Torch Theatre were also in the crowd.

Father Christmas made his way trough the crowd flanked by Round Table volunteers to the second floor of the Town Hall. From there Naomi Joseph, chaplain of Nantucket Church blessed the lights before they were switched on with the help of Morgan Jones, age 4, from Milford Haven Community Primary School; Bella Davies (Age 5) from Gelliswick Church in Wales VC School and Jack Bowen (Age 11) from St Francis Catholic Primary School.

Supervising was Mayor of Milford Haven, Cllr Rose Gray.

Jim Hughes from Radio Pembrokeshire compared the proceedings from the balcony, over a PA system.

3, 2, 1…: Mayor of Milford Haven, Cllr Rose Gray supervises lights switch-on (Pic: Herald)

Make way for Santa: Father Christmas arrives at Milford Haven town hall (Pic: Herald)

Ho ho ho: Father Christmas on his sleigh on Hamilton Terrace (Pic: Herald)

Guard of honour: Father Christmas arrives at the Town Hall (Pic: Herald)

Rain held off: Large crowds in Milford Haven

Christmas cheer: Neyland Ladies’ Choir entertained the crowds (Pic: Herald)



Could Haverfordwest Youth Club’s puppet project could help you find happiness?



AN EXCITING creative project has been launched by Haverfordwest Youth Club giving young people the chance to create a large-scale puppet exploring what makes them feel happy.

Youth workers, together with local Artist Di Ford will deliver five workshops, during which the young people will create the puppet. The final creation will be exhibited at the Haverfordwest Summer Carnival on Sunday 28th July 2019.

“Project Puppet will be an expression of what matters collectively to the young people – how they exercise their desire to be happy, to feel a sense of wellbeing and to stay safe,” said community youth worker Steve Lewis from Pembrokeshire County Council.

The first workshop will be on Wednesday 19th June at St. Martin’s Hall, Haverfordwest. The workshops, each lasting two hours (7pm to 9pm) will encourage ideas about what the puppet represents to the participants as well as teaching them the skills required to create it.

The funding for the project has come from the Patricia May Memorial Grant which was awarded to the West Wales Branch of The Arts Society.

  • If you are aged 11-25 and would like to participate in Project Puppet: Looking for Happiness, please contact Steve Lewis on 07810 681746.
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Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats wants more pensioners to keep their free TV Licences



Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats have expressed their concern at the decision taken by the BBC to save £450m a year from 2020, to remove the free TV licence for those over 75 years of age from those pensioners not in receipt of Pension Credit.

This could see 3.7m pensioners currently benefitting from a TV licence, having to start paying from 2020. The decision was made by the BBC following the government’s decision to transfer the funding of licences from the government to the BBC.

Liberal Democrat Department of Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson Jane Bonham-Carter said “Concessions for over 75’s are a social cost which should not be paid from the licence fee, but from central Government funding.

Government, not the BBC should be responsible and accountable for their social policies. If the Conservative Government does not want to pay for free licences for over 75’s then they should be upfront about their policy. However, passing the buck onto the BBC is underhand and risks undermining the BBC’s financial viability to provide what the license fee payer expects.”

Age UK have said that 1 in 4 over the age of 65 say that TV is their main form of companionship.

Alistair Cameron, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire said “There has been much coverage of this issue on TV and social media since the BBC made the announcement that it was withdrawing free TV licences from all pensioners except those on Pension Credit.

Many pensioners over the age of 75 are not able to get out a lot. For them, the TV is a really important part of their lives.

A lot of pensioners have to survive on a low income, including those who do not claim pension credit. Having to pay for a TV licence will be very hard on them.”

Andrew Lye, the Chair of Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats said “Many people are annoyed at the decision and rightly so.

I can appreciate that the wealthy over 75 currently receive a free TV licence as do those on a basic state pension. We must remember that there are many pensioners not in receipt of pension credit and struggle to manage on their pension. MP’s need to remember that the Conservative 2017 Manifesto committed them to free TV licenses for the over 75’s for the duration of this Parliament, and the ‘grey vote’ will remember this broken promise at the next General Election.”

Andrew Lye went on to say, “Of course with the latest released figures showing £3.1bn of unclaimed Pension Credit in the UK, I would call upon pensioners in Pembrokeshire to phone 0800-991234 as the website states that phoning them is the quickest way to find out if you qualify. Who knows, you may get money that you are entitled to”.

Andrew Lye added, “We call upon the Government to resolve this issue as it is unfair that it will affect millions of pensioners and we hope that Pembrokeshire MP’s, Stephen Crabb and Simon Hart will make representations to the Prime Minister. Just because you do not claim or get Pension Credit, you cannot automatically assume that they are all well off on their pension. With the growing problem of loneliness in the elderly, especially where a partner has died, the TV is a vital lifeline and we should treat our pensioners better”.

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Milford Haven: Woman who assaulted police for second time this year jailed



A MILFORD HAVEN woman who admitted assaulting two police officers was sent to jail on Friday (Jun 14), ‘for a deliberate attack on public servants carrying out their duties’.

Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court heard that it was the second time this year that Santina Evans, 25, of Howarth Close had been arrested for similar offences.

The first time she narrowly missed being sent to jail. Instead she was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for one year.

That was for assaults by beating on PC Gareth Potter 1118, and PS Lucy Johnston 164.

During that first hearing, the court was told that a crowd had gathered as Evans kicked out several times while being arrested, catching an officer on his legs, while shouting and swearing.

The CPS prosecutor said at the time that Evans had head-butted another officer, connecting with her chin, and continued to shout and swear as she was taken to the ground, telling the police to ‘get off’ and shouting ‘I’m going to stab her.’

Evans, who had a previous conviction for battery and disorderly behaviour, had argued with a neighbour before the police officers arrived.

However it seems the suspended prison sentence was not much of a deterrent.

On June 11, Evans assaulted police again.

PC Gareth Potter was again in the line of fire – Evans admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on the officer. The second constable was PC Gmerek 892. Evans admitted that she committed assault by beating.

The charges were brought under the new law: Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018.

Taking into account her early guilty pleas, the court ordered that Evans serve a total 36 weeks in custody, pay £450 in compensation to the officers, £85 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service and £140 towards victim services.

The court explained that when an offence is committed whilst a defendant is subject to a suspended prison sentence, then the defendant will be sent to prison unless the magistrates can give special reasons not to.

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