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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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New Eco Feature For Haverfordwest

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Plans have been submitted for a ‘living green wall’ to be planted in the centre of Haverfordwest in a bid to enhance local biodiversity and wildlife.

The green wall would be situated alongside the river opposite Glan-yr-Afon, the town’s library and cultural centre, and planted with 25 species of native plants including ferns, grasses, flowers and wild herbs including basil, sage and clary.

As well as providing an important habitat for pollinators, the wall would also be an attractive natural feature in its own right, says Sara Morris, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Development Plans and Conservation Manager.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to re-introduce nature in the heart of Haverfordwest,” she said. “As with all planting, it will take some time for the plants to grow and flourish but given time it will look very attractive.”

The maintenance of the wall, which is scheduled for installation towards the end of October, would be carried out by a team of volunteers. New benches made from Welsh slate would also be installed to encourage residents and visitors to enjoy spending time in the area.

The green wall is part of the Cleddau Reaches partnership project which forms one of the priorities in the Haverfordwest Regeneration framework.

The Cleddau Reaches partners are Pembrokeshire County Council, the Bridge Meadow Trust, Haverfordwest Town Council, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Haverfordwest Kayak Club.

Pembrokeshire College and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority have also supported the project.

The aim is to improve and enhance the rights of way network in and around Haverfordwest and in particular, around the Western Cleddau, through several different inter-linked schemes.

Grant funding of approximately £250,000 has been provided by the NRW, Haverfordwest Town Council and the Landfill Disposals Tax Community Scheme.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, says the project’s focus on the river follows recognition that for too long, it has been an under-utilised resource despite being one of the town’s key natural assets.

“The Cleddau Reaches project brings together many ideas which the community has put forward over the last 20 years,” he said.

“As well as boosting biodiversity, the project forms part of the wider package of investments we are bringing forward to support Haverfordwest Town Centre.

“This administration is determined to revive the fortunes of the County Town, transforming Haverfordwest Town Centre from a traditional retail centre that’s being left behind into a vibrant leisure destination where residents and visitors alike want to spend their time.”

Some of the work currently taking place as part of the Cleddau Reaches project includes new riverbank paths near the Bridge Meadow with plans to create a new footbridge connecting to the Old Mill Grounds.

Other plans include creating habitats for sand-martins, otters and lampreys upriver, creating a trail linking up with the Town Council’s Priory Saltings project, and installing five interpretation boards along the route describing the flora, fauna and history of the local area.

The green wall planning application is currently registered with Pembrokeshire County Council for determination.

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Homes in Pembrokeshire can get free boilers and insulation

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PEMBROKESHIRE HERALD is teaming up with Blackburn based company Euro Insulation, who are working on a Pembrokeshire County Council backed energy scheme called the ECO: Help to Heat programme.

The scheme intends to utilise government funding for the reduction of fuel poverty within the county.

The council says that it has worked for many years to improve homes locally, and is keen for as many households to sign up as possible.

The local authority is working with ECO energy installers.

Funding is only available for private owner occupiers and private rented tenants. Qualification of flexible eligibility in Pembrokeshire will be determined by certain criteria.

Grants are available to a range of households including those with someone aged over 60, with a child under 5, and homes with children in primary or secondary school, or with a pregnant mother.

The Pembrokeshire Herald is letting as many homeowners know as possible about the scheme and has a call centre open to take queries on behalf of Euro Insulation who will be doing the work.

The aim is to reduce C02 emissions and make homes more energy efficient in Wales.

They are with the Welsh Assembly Government to show homeowners how they can get a brand-new boiler, internal wall insulation and room-in-roof insulation

The funding is only available until December.

To be considered for a FREE boiler or INSULATION call our call centre on 01437 70 70 70

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Fishguard: Armed police presence at Fishguard port

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ARMED officers from Dyfed-Powys Police were on scene at the port in Fishguard this morning (Sept 18).

Border Force and the RNLI were involved in the operation, which reportedly involved a vessel being escorted into the harbour.

Details of the incident are still unfolding, and the police have been contacted for a statement.

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