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Local retailer brings community together to celebrate 50 years

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Local school entered into the competiton for stores 50th anniversary

2019 marks 50 years of The Original Factory Shop. To celebrate, local schools have been competing to be in with a chance to win £1,000 by creating artwork that best represents what their community means to them.

The Original Factory Shop in Haverfordwest has asked schools to submit their artwork to best represent the town and what their community means to them. After weeks of entries coming in, the winning school for the town has been named as St Aidan’s Church In Wales VA School who will have their winning artwork unveiled and displayed in store on 18th May.

Having won the title for the town, St Aidan’s Church In Wales VA School is now in with a chance to win the title of national winner and win £1,000 for their school. The competition has been taking place in stores across the UK, and now Haverfordwest will be battling it out with schools across the UK to be crowned overall winner and win the cash prize. The overall winner for the best UK entry will be judged and chosen by the CEO of The Original Factory Shop, Emma Fox.

Since 1969, The Original Factory Shop has been sitting at the heart of communities across the UK, offering incredible value, choice and quality. To celebrate 50 years in Haverfordwest, The Original Factory Shop has a bumper party planned on Saturday 18th May where St Aidan’s Church In Wales VA School’s winning creation will be displayed for all of the town to see.

The event is set to be a celebration of all things Haverfordwest with entertainment throughout the weekend as well as discounts available on a range of products in store for a limited time only. As part of the celebration on the day, the whole town is invited to come together at The Original Factory Shop in Haverfordwest on 18th May.

Competition entries may be closed, but schools can still get involved with the party as The Original Factory Shop is calling for groups and performers of any age to take part on the day. The team at the Haverfordwest store are looking for everything from choirs, dance troupes and even magic acts to get in touch and showcase their talent in an event set to celebrate the very best of what the community has to offer.

The Milford Haven store will see local face painter Gabrielle Swales, Alicia’s Home Made Creations cake stall and three other local craft tables on Saturday May 18. Balloons and sweets will be given out to children, along with a raffle.

Saturday May 25, there will be a staff bake sale, children’s indoor games, guess the amount of sweets and face painting. The store colleagues will be dressing up in 60’s Woodstock theme for the weekend.

Emma Fox, CEO of The Original Factory Shop said “We’re thrilled to be celebrating 50 years in the community. Everyone in Haverfordwest is coming together for what we’re hoping will be an amazing event. All the schools entries that have come in so far have been amazing and it’s going to be tough to pick a winner overall. We want to thank everyone for their tremendous efforts so far and I’d like to personally invite everyone in the area to come and get involved in what will be an amazing celebration!”

All proceeds raised by the local community through the events will go to the stores chosen charity Make a Wish.

The Original Factory Shop 50th Birthday celebrations take place in store on 18th May across all 168 stores – anyone who would like to get involved in the event should contact their local store here https://www.tofs.com/store-finder/

For more information on The Original Factory Shop please visit www.tofs.com.

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Haverfordwest: Man detained under Mental Health Act on bypass bridge

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POLICE assisted a man who was sat on the road bridge above Freeman’s way in Haverfordwest on Sunday night (May 19).

He was taken to hospital, as he was believed to be suffering from mental health problems.

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police told The Herald: “We received a report concerning the welfare of a man, who was sitting on the bridge above Freeman’s Way, Haverfordwest, at around 10.40pm on Sunday.

“The man was detained under the mental health act a short time later and taken to hospital.“He was not injured. Freeman’s Way was closed for around 10 minutes.”

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Milford Haven: Police called to Charles Street incident

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MILFORD HAVEN police responded to an emergency call from Charles Street in Milford Haven this afternoon (May 20).

Several officers attended following reports of a man injured on the pavement.

Our reporter at the scene said that a male was conscious but nursing injuries to his head

There are over 15 officers at the scene.

A male has been arrested and taken into custody in a police van.

 

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Willy make the council fix the road?

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DRIVERS in and around the Maenclochog area are still recovering today after a hardened vandal spray-painted yellow penises along a stretch of road near Morvil.
The road, just off the B4313, was targeted with graffiti because of the number of potholes scattered along it’s length.
Locals have dubbed the cock-sure artist as ‘Wanksy’ and have discovered that whoever drew the penises also wrote ‘Follow the yellow d### road’.
Some of the penises have been drawn around more sizeable potholes, but simply pointing disapprovingly at the smaller ones.
If you want to report a pothole, the chosen method is still via the Pembrokeshire County Council website.
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