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Experience the Iron Age at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village.

IF YOU’RE searching for somewhere new to explore or want to find fun for all the family this Easter holiday, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park promises to offer up a wide range of days out during the Year of Discovery.

Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, Castell Henllys Iron Age Village and Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre all have Easter-themed fun in store, while there are also a range of other experiences to enjoy out in the National Park’s landscape.

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village will be giving you an opportunity to Experience the Iron Age on 12, 13, 25 and 27 April, offering a chance to see what life was like 2,000 years ago. There is a small charge for activities plus normal admission.

The Easter Fun Days on 19, 20 and 21 April will provide you with a chance to discover a new skill or follow the Easter Trail. There is a small charge for activities plus normal admission.

For full details including all events, entry prices and opening times visit www.castellhenllys.com or call 01239 891319.

At Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, you will be able to join the Easter Bunny Trail from 13-28 April, which will see you hop around the Castle in search of clues. Find them all to claim your yummy Easter prize. £1 per child plus normal admission.

Follow the Easter Bunny Trail at Carew Castle and Tidal Mill.

For those who want to try something new, Have-a-Go: Coracles on 21, 22 and 23 April will give you an opportunity to try out the traditional one person boat on the Carew Millpond, following expert tuition. Normal admission plus £5 for a 15 minute session or £10 for a 30 minute session. Booking advisable.
For full details including all events, entry prices and opening times visit www.carewcastle.com or call 01646 651782.

At Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre, you can take on the Easter Treasure Hunt from 13 to 21 April with a challenge to find the clues left around the Centre and grounds in order to reveal a secret answer to win a prize. £2 per sheet.

Create your own masterpiece at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre.

The Discover Art workshop on 23 April will see children encouraged to get creative and produce a masterpiece to take home with them, having explored the gallery to find inspiration. £3 per child.
For full details including all events, prices and opening times visit www.orielyparc.co.uk or call 01437 720392.

Highlights out and about in the National Park landscape include a chance to Discover Reptiles with a walk around St Anne’s Head on 17 April. You’ll join a National Park Ranger and a reptile expert to search for native species and help with the effort to monitor threatened wildlife. Children £4, adults and seniors £6.

For those with an interest in geology and history, the Reading the Landscape: A Journey Through Time guided walk around St David’s Head on 24 April will uncover a wealth of historic and natural features. The five-mile route will pass by evidence of life in the Neolithic, Iron Age and Medieval eras and costs £4 per person.

To book your place on these events, please call 01437 720392.

To see details for all the activities and events run by the National Park Authority visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/events or alternatively pick up a copy of Coast to Coast.

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Tenby pedestrianisation starts Monday

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THE TENBY pedestrianisation scheme starts on Monday, July 1. The scheme – which operates within the town walls – will operate until Friday, September 13 between the hours of 11am and 5.30pm. The scheme will be suspended for the Long Course Weekend on July 6/7.

This permanent time-frame has been chosen following a questionnaire and consultation exercise Pembrokeshire County Council carried out after last year’s scheme which trialled the new dates.

The town pedestrianisation scheme is a popular one with visitors as it allows a vibrant ‘cafe culture’ feel to be embraced in the town with many of the pubs and restaurants within the exclusion zone opting an alfresco-style seating and dining experience, and on sunny summer days, it allows guests and visitors to sit outside and enjoy lunch or drinks in the sunshine.

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Substitution in psychoactive substances a growing concern for experts

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THERE is evidence of a growing market in the manufacture and distribution of new benzodiazepine susbstances, with 71% of samples of what users think is diazepam testing positive for other chemicals.

Street valium is bought and sold on the streets of Wales for as little as 50p per tablet.

Josie Smith, Head of Substance Misuse for Public Health Wales and Programme Lead for WEDINOS said: “Although there are always concerns and potential for adverse effects from the consumption of psychoactive substances, the risk is increased by the rising prevalence of substance substitution within the unregulated illicit benzodiazepine market.

“As substitute substances have varying therapeutic doses and duration of effects, there is a concern in relation to the increased potential for an individual to experience adverse and acute effects; including accidental overdose, hospitalisation and death.”

Public Health Wales’s WEDINOS service has seen an increase in the number of samples submitted for testing in the last year, with the substitution of substances within drug groups a key emerging trend.

The WEDINOS Annual Report for 2018-19 also identifies a substantial increase in non-prescribed ‘prescription’ medications being submitted to its drug testing facility.

As in 2017/18, benzodiazepines were the most commonly identified class of psychoactive substances.

Benzodiazepines such as Diazepam, Etizolam and Alprazolam (Xanax) are common sedative drugs often prescribed for anxiety and insomnia.

In addition to prescribed medical use, benzodiazepines are used recreationally and there is evidence of a growing market in the manufacture and distribution of new benzodiazepine substances.

This year, WEDINOS found a higher frequency of substitution amongst samples submitted as benzodiazepines, in particular, diazepam; with nearly three quarters of all samples submitted as diazepam in the first quarter of 2019 were found to contain other substances.

For the first time this year, WEDINOS tested samples of benzodiazepines submitted in blister pack form that contained a substance different to that named on the pack.

Josie Smith continues: “The evidence of substitution indicates that even if a person has purchased tablets looking like a medication, they may not contain the stated contents. This represents a public health challenge and a need for greater awareness and pragmatic harm reduction advice and education.”

The report shows a 58 per cent increase in the number of samples submitted to WEDINOS for testing in 2018-19 compared to the previous year. In total, 2,145 samples were tested between April 2018 and March 2019.

Public Health Wales produces reports and information to influence national and international policy to ensure it is based on the best evidence to protect and improve health.

Those seeking to receive support for drug or alcohol related concerns can contact the Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline on freephone 0808 808 2234, by texting DAN to: 81066 or by visiting dan247.org.uk

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£700,000 flood scheme that protects people in 41 Pembrokeshire homes completed

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Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has completed a £700,000 improvement to a flood scheme that protects people in 41 properties in west Wales.

The flood storage area at Pont y Cerbyd, Pembrokeshire holds back flood waters which threaten the nearby villages of Middle Mill and Solva.

The improvements include a new 50 metre-long spillway, a new overflow structure which controls the amount of water the reservoir can hold, reinforcement to the embankment to protect against erosion, and additional drainage.

Originally built in 1990 the work on the storage area was needed after several major floods eroded part of the old spillway, making it less effective.

Now the work is complete the structure can maintain the original level of flood protection to people in the downstream villages.

To further protect and warn the local communities, NRW has installed new equipment to monitor river levels as well as a small wind turbine to power a CCTV camera that can be used to view the reservoir’s water levels in real time.

As part of the scheme, NRW also organised exercises to practice using emergency pumping equipment to manage water levels in the reservoir should the need arise.

Andy Irving, team leader flood incident management for NRW, said:

“Protecting Wales’ communities is a vital part of our work which is why we monitor river levels all over the country 24/7 and invest millions of pounds into projects to reduce people’s flood risk.

“The Pont y Cerbyd flood storage area helps manage the flood risk to 41 properties downstream of the Solva river where levels can increase quickly in harsh weather.

“Investing in improvement projects adds another level of protection for at-risk homes and businesses.

“Combining this with our training exercises means we can continue to react to incidents quickly and efficiently.”

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