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Brand new attractions unveiled at Scolton Manor

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Youngsters enjoy the new adventure play area.

SCOLTON Manor’s reputation as one of Pembrokeshire’s favourite family attractions has been boosted by a £160,000 investment.

Ready for visitors this Easter are a range of new features, including an adventure play area, a welcome centre and gift shop, and the newly-remodelled ‘Edie’s Tea Room’.

The funding comprises £128,000 from Welsh Government and the EU with the remaining £32,000 from Pembrokeshire County Council.

The attractions were unveiled officially on Friday. Mark Thomas, manager of Scolton Manor, said the team were looking forward to welcoming visitors to the site.

“We’re delighted with our new facilities and believe they perfectly complement the attractions we have here already at Scolton,” he said.

The adventure play area includes a 30-metre zip-wire, a spinning climbing web, ‘super swings’ and more. The area is aimed towards older children while younger ones can enjoy
the wooden playground already on site. There is also a sensory musical play area and woodland play features.

The welcome centre and gift shop – complete with mini ice- cream parlour – has been created by renovating an existing building near the car parks.

“We believe the centre will offer a much improved visitor reception to Scolton,” said Mark. “It will provide information and guides to all our attractions, including the walled garden
project, beekeeping centre, and the Victorian manor house with its changing schedule of exhibitions.

“There are also timetables for family activities, a range of gifts, and tourist information on other attractions in the county.”

A highly-anticipated new feature on the site is the new ‘Edie’s Tea Room’ adjoining the manor house, named after Edith Higgon from the Higgon family which ran the Scolton estate in Victorian times.

As well as providing a delicious new menu, the tea room intends to be a more accessible and welcoming space for visitors and includes a second-hand bookshop.

Much of the tea room re-fit work was carried out by Norman Industries, thanks to a £12,000 grant from the Welsh Government. Integrated Care Fund Mark said he felt the new developments not only enhanced Scolton’s role as a community facility, but also provided
people of all ages with a wider range of countryside experiences at a lower cost.

“It will continue the development of the site into a must-visit tourist attraction within mid and North Pembrokeshire,” he added.

The adventure play area and welcome centre received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-20, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

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Our election prediction: No change for west Wales, same MPs will be elected

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COUNTING of ballots is underway at the Pavillion at the Pembrokeshire County Showground, Haverfordwest and in Llanelli at the Selwyn Samuel Centre.

Exit polls from the BBC and Sky News predict a Conservative majority of over eighty seats, with Labour predicted to slip as low as 191 MPs, come the end of tonight’s count

We’re live throughout the night from the County Showground, Haverfordwest, and the Selwyn Samuel Centre, Llanelli, to bring you rolling coverage and news as it unfolds for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Llanelli, Carmarthen East & Dinefwr, and Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.

We are predicting the following results:

Preseli Pembrokeshire – Stephen Crabb, Conservative, Hold
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire – Simon Hart, Conservative, Hold
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr – Jonathan Edwards, Plaid Cymru, Hold
Llanelli – Nia Griffith, Labour, Hold
Ceredigion – Ben Lake, Plaid Cymru, Hold

Effectively, we predict no change in members of parliament for any of the constituencies in west Wales.

 

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Castlemorris: Fire fighters tackle barn blaze

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FIRE FIGHTERS are tackling a barn fire at Castlemorris Equestrian & Pets centre at Pencnwc Farm, not far from Haverfordwest.
A member of staff told a Herald reporter that no one was hurt in the incident.

Castlemorris Equestrian & Pets stock an extensive range of products for horses, dogs, cats, poultry, wild birds and small animals, according to the company website.

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Head of volunteer police sacked for gross misconduct

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE’S Head of Volunteer Police has been sacked following a disciplinary hearing.

The police said in a statement: “Following a thorough and swift investigation into two allegations made about his conduct, Dyfed-Powys Police’s Special Chief Officer Cairn Newton-Evans has this morning faced a public disciplinary hearing.

“On 28 November SCO Newton-Evans was served with a conditional caution for sexual assault and tendered his resignation from the post of Chief Officer for Dyfed-Powys Special Constabulary.

“Chief Constable Mark Collins instigated a fast track disciplinary process and a public misconduct hearing was heard on Thursday (Dec 12).

“The hearing, chaired by Mr Collins, found that gross misconduct was proven and the decision was made to dismiss SCO Newton-Evans. It was also ruled that his name be added to the College of Policing barred list, preventing him from working in law enforcement in the future.”

Chief Constable Mark Collins, told The Herald: “Cairn has given his time to Dyfed-Powys Police for many years and I am grateful for the work he has done. However, as an organisation we will always strive to uphold standards of ethical and professional behaviour and where a representative of the force has done wrong, we will investigate and utilise the powers available to us, to ensure we maintain a workforce that continues to reflect the values by which we stand.

“We will always listen to victims of crime and will act on what they tell us, conducting thorough investigations and acting upon those findings to ensure justice is delivered and is seen to be delivered.”

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