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Haverfordwest: Week of activities planned for £3m cultural centre



THE OPENING of Glan-yr-afon/The Riverside, Haverfordwest’s new flagship cultural centre, will be marked with a week-long programme of activities.

The exciting new development, on the town’s riverside, will welcome visitors for the first time on Friday, December 7, from 10am.

The opening day activities will begin at 11:15am with a Baby Rhyme Time, one of the venue’s regular weekly events, before carol singers from County Hall serenade customers with some festive favourites from 11:30am, in aid of PATCH.

The centrepiece of the opening celebrations will be a Family Fun Day on Saturday, December 8, with activities starting at 10:30am.

A special Baby Rhyme Time will kick-off the day, with Burns By Your Side Reading Dogs at midday. Parents will need to complete a permission form on the day to secure a place for the Reading Dogs session.

Challenge yourself to Lego Construction at 1pm, enjoy some Saturday Stories at 2pm, before Coding Chaos with Robots! at 3:30pm.

Throughout the day, Beat the Clock on Glan-yr-afon/The Riverside’s games consoles, and get to know your new library with a special Scavenger Hunt.

During the week of December 10-15, enjoy a range of activities including Yap and Yarn, Creative Lego Club, Chatterbooks Reading Group and much more.

There’ll be a touch of festive sparkle to the opening week, with a special post box for children to post their letters to Father Christmas.

Father Christmas will reply to all letters but as he is very busy at this time of year, he will have to leave them at Glan-yr-afon/The Riverside for collection. The last post date will be Saturday, December 15, with the letters ready for collection from Wednesday, December 21.

Guided tours of the facility, which includes a library, gallery, visitor information and coffee shop, will be available throughout the week.

The venue’s gallery, in partnership with The National Library of Wales, will host two opening exhibitions showcasing items of both local and national importance.

The Story of Pembrokeshire is a permanent exhibition at Glan-yr-afon/The Riverside, focusing on the history, culture, arts and legends of Pembrokeshire.

Kyffin Williams: Land and Sea, will feature a fantastic collection of work from one of Wales’ most famous artists Sir Kyffin Williams to celebrate the centenary of his birth.

Glan-yr-afon/The Riverside is the result of an exciting partnership between Pembrokeshire County Council and The National Library of Wales.

Funding to build the facility came from a range of sources including Pembrokeshire County Council, Welsh Government, the Wolfson Foundation, the Foyle Foundation, and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

Haverfordwest Town Council have given a five-year funding package to ensure the library is able to open throughout the year on Saturday afternoons, the previous library having been open on Saturday mornings only.

For more information, log on to, visit the Pembrokeshire Libraries Facebook page at, or call Glan-yr-afon/The Riverside on 01437 775 244.


The NSPCC and Childline are here to help children



THE NSPCC and Childline want children and young people across Wales to know that they are not alone and that they have someone to talk or turn to if they have any worries about bullying.

It is heart-breaking to know that last year more than 500 children and young people in Wales contacted Childline due to concerns about bullying.
THE NSPCC and Childline want children and young people across Wales to know that they are not alone and that they have someone to talk or turn to if they have any worries about bullying.

It is heart-breaking to know that last year more than 500 children and young people in Wales contacted Childline due to concerns about bullying.

This week is ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ which runs from Monday 11 November to Friday 15 November.

We know that 501 youngsters from Wales contacted the free and confidential NSPCC-supported counselling service last year about bullying – which is a rise on the previous year of almost 28 per cent.

The majority of those contacts from Wales – nearly 85 per cent – related to concerns about bullying which were not online.

It can be difficult for children to know where to start with helping someone who is being bullied.

Bullying, whether it happens online or offline, can take over a child’s world and have a devastating impact on them and their family, leading in some cases to serious mental health problems and even suicide.

Every year at Childline, we provide support to hundreds of young people who are struggling with bullying and have nowhere else to turn.

This ‘Anti-Bullying Week’ we want to remind young people how important it is to talk to someone they trust – be it a friend, parent, teacher or a Childline counsellor.

We are also encouraging children to remember that just a few words of support can make a massive difference to a friend who is being bullied.

The new Childline ‘#IGotYou’ campaign encourages young people to remember that just a few words of support can make a massive difference, whether the bullying is happening offline or online.

· Let them know you’re there for them,

· Help them to get support,

· Think before you like or comment on something,

· Help to distract them.

Any child who has concerns about bullying can contact Childline (0800 1111) or look at our advice pages on the Childline website.

We also have some advice for carers, guardians and parents who may have concerns or worries about a child or young person with regards to bullying.

· Talk to your child about bullying and cyberbullying,

· Let them know who to ask for help,

· Help them relax and take a time out,

· Report bullying on social media and online gaming,

· Report bullying videos shared online,

· Talk to your child’s school or club.

The NSPCC, in partnership with 02, runs an advice line (0808 800 5002) for parents with questions about how to protect their children online – our experts can advise on privacy settlings, parental controls or how to have conversations about bullying online.

Parents can also visit the NSPCC and O2’s Net Aware website which explores the most popular apps and games, featuring helpful safety tips and feedback from both parents and children.

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Milford Haven: Sailor dies after falling into dock



A MEMBER of a boat’s crew has died after falling into Milford Docks last night.
The alarm was raised at around midnight, and coastguard rescuers from Dale and Broad Haven, police, fire and ambulance services were called to the docks where the man was pulled from the water, and taken to hospital in an ambulance.
However, tragically, the man did not survive.
A Welsh Ambulance Service Spokesperson said: “We were called on November 12, just after midnight to reports of an incident at the Docks, Milford Haven.
“We responded with two emergency ambulances and one patient was transported to Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest.”
A police spokesperson told The Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police was called at approximately 12.15am this morning (Nov 12) to a report of a man in the water at Milford Haven Docks. The man was taken to hospital where he sadly died.
“Police are working in co-operation with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, which is deploying to the scene, to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.
“H.M Coroner has been informed”

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Chip shop owner claims wife’s death was accident



SWANSEA CROWN COURT has heard that a chip shop owner burned his wife to death by scolding her with chip fat following a domestic dispute.

But Geoffrey Bran, 71, says that the death of his wife of 30 years in October 2018 was an accident. The court heard that her injuries were caused when she threw ‘spoilt fish’ at him causing superficial injuries and bruises to his head and forearms, before pulling a deep fat fryer over herself causing 41% burns, from which she later died in hospital.

Geoffrey and Mavis Bran ran the Chipoteria business in Hermon, near the Pembrokeshire Carmarthenshire border. The burger van and wooden shack business had not been open for long – perhaps a year – when the incident happened.

The jury, of five men and seven women was told that Mrs Bran was constantly nagging her husband over trivial or silly matters and that the relationship was ‘argumentative’ and ‘loud’

The court further heard that the relationship had deteriorated further in the months before her death. At the time of the incident, Mr Bran was arrested by police on suspicion of assault but later released.

Chipoteria – the snack shack in Hemon is now closed

After suffering the burns, Mrs Bran was transferred to Morrison hospital in Swansea where she died of her wounds six days later. Bran was re-arrested in November 2018.

But Mr Lewis prosecuting said that the terrible burns were not the result of an accident, but by her husband deliberately pushing or throwing a deep fat fryer which contained boiling oil over her.

He said that people who know the couple knew that they both had short tempers.

On Tuesday, October 23 last year, both the Brans were at work in the Chip shop, while their friend Mr Gareth Davies was in their house.

Mr Davies heard Mrs Bran come into the house, naked from the waist up, shouting ‘I’ve been burned… I’ve had boiling fat all over me.

Mr Davies described Mrs Bran’s upper body as a “crimson colour” and said that her skin was peeling off at the wrists.

Mrs Bran then told Mr Davies, who at that point had a cut above his eye, to fetch more fish for customers – she initially declined an ambulance.

Bran told Mr Davies that his wife had slipped and grabbed the fryer, causing it to come out of the holder and spill onto her.

However, a friend of Mrs Bran, Miss Caroline Morgan, received a call from her at around 1.15pm, she said that Mrs Bran screamed down the phone at her saying: “Geoff has thrown boiling oil over me. Please get here, I need you now, help!”

The court heard that on arrival to the house Miss Morgan found that Mrs Bran in shock, saying: “I was nagging him – and then he flipped”

Bran denies murder and the trial continues.

Accused: Geoff Bran (Pic S4C)

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