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Half term discoveries in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

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HALF TERM holiday discoveries in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park are lined up for all the family – from the seashore to the Preseli Hills – in this the Year of Discovery.

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, Carew Castle and Tidal Mill and Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre all have holiday-themed events, and there is also an exciting choice of other experiences to enjoy out in the National Park’s landscape.

The Activities and Events pages of the National Park newspaper Coast to Coast open up to so many opportunities to explore and enjoy the National Park.

At Castell Henllys Iron Age Village on 27 and 30 May you can be a warrior or a slave, and cook a feast or fight a battle. In between, 28 May, is Roman Day – discover what the Romans found when they invaded Britain. And 29 May is Discovery Day – with a range of activities to challenge all ages. There is a small charge for activities in addition to the admission fee.

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 Robin Hood and his Merry Men and Women have set up camp but need help to find keys to a hidden treasure chest. Robin and his Merry team are there between 25 May and 2 June and visitors can also try Have-a-Go Archery between 29 and 31 May. Other ‘invaders’ are the spectacular Bowlore in their Medieval encampment between 26 and 28 May – where you can don armour and have sword-fighting lessons. Normal admission plus a small charge for some activities.

Shadowy tales of the Castle’s past will be recounted in a Twilight Tour on 30 May. This is a booking essential event.

For full details including all events, entry prices and opening times visit www.carewcastle.com or call 01646 651782.

The National Park’s showcase Oriel y Parc and Visitor Centre at St Davids has many events, along with a brand new ‘Stones and Bones’ exhibition – half term visitors can be among the first to see this.

From the Centre you can take a Foraging Walk on 30 May (booking essential) or a Seashore Walk on 31 May. And on four days – 28 to 31 May – with spring flowers and trees in full bloom all around, there is a new opportunity to Discover Flower Fairies, enjoying the stories of the tree fairy and creating unique reminders from petals. This is also a booking essential event.

For full details including all events, prices and opening times visit www.orielyparc.co.uk or call 01437 720392.

Walkers wishing to discover more of the Park can take a gentle 3.5-mile Gwaun Valley walk on 28 May or a more strenuous 7-mile explore along the Preseli Ridge on 30 May, enjoying spectacular views. Pen Dinas (Dinas Head) on the northern coast is the location for a Welsh language walk on 29 May – joining the Area Ranger for a 3-mile walk. These walks are booking essential.

To book your place on these walks please call 01437 720392.

For full 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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Permit applications open for Tenby pedestrianisation scheme

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is now accepting applications for vehicle access during this year’s Pedestrianisation of Tenby.

The scheme, which is due to start on Monday, July 5 and conclude on Friday, September 10, will again see the walled town divided into three ‘zones’, each having varying degrees of vehicle access.

Whilst all necessary plans are being put in place for it to start and finish on the above dates, the scheme will remain under constant review in light of Government guidance relating to Covid-19, and the Council will provide any updates as necessary.

Possession of an ‘access permit’ does not provide any exemption from Government restrictions, and any regulations relating to travel and the occupation of holiday accommodation or second homes must be observed at all times.

Following the success of last year, the permit application process will continue online, with paper application forms and guidance notes no longer being delivered to residents and businesses.

The application form and guidance notes are available from pembrokeshire.gov.uk/tenby-pedestrianisation

Residents and business within Tenby are encouraged to complete the application process as soon as possible, to ensure that there is sufficient time for the application to be processed.

Permits will be issued approximately 7-10 days prior to the start of the scheme.

For enquiries, e-mail tenby.pedestrian@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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Join the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel as an independent member

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THE Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel is looking for two members to join them in their work to support and challenge the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Panel is made of up of members nominated by Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys county councils along with at least two independent members.

Opportunities have now arisen for two independent members to join the Panel and carry out key statutory roles that will support the Commissioner exercise his role effectively.

Members will be expected to attend and take part in regular meetings and take part in decision making, creating reports and making recommendations to the Commissioner.

They will review the Commissioner’s annual draft Police and Crime Plan and annual draft budget, review and scrutinise his decisions and actions, and if necessary review the proposed appointment or removal of the Chief Constable and other senior police force appointments.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they can take a balanced and objective approach in supporting the Panel and the Commissioner, make strategic and well-informed decisions, and interpret and question financial, statistical and performance related information.

They will also need to be able to act as a ‘critical friend’, challenging views or proposals for change constructively.

Applications close on May 31, and appointments to the Panel will be made until October 31, 2024. 

For further information, visit www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.wales

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Successful Fire Service and Health Board partnership to enhance COVID-19 vaccine roll out comes to end

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TUESDAY 11 May 2021 marked the end of a hugely successful partnership between Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Hywel Dda University Health Board, initiated to enhance the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to the communities of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Since February, Community Safety Staff from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have transported 125 passengers over 9450 miles to ensure they were able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Recognising the configuration of our Service, the areas we cover and indeed the people we employee, this seemed an ideal opportunity for us to widen our response to the pandemic and support our partners in safeguarding our communities.

“Whilst we already collaborate with the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, this opportunity enabled us to expand our assistance further within the health arena. This partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board was the first of its kind for Fire and Rescue Services in Wales and paved the way for a number of similar partnerships for us and the other Fire and Rescue Services in Wales.

“I am extremely proud of our staff who have participated in this collaboration and have made a huge difference to the lives of so many people. Their contribution has without doubt had a positive impact on our response to this global pandemic”.

Mydrian Harries, Corporate Head of Prevention and Protection for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, coordinated the Service’s response to this call for assistance.

“Our communities are at the heart of our core business. Knowing we were in a position to make an impact, we put in place a robust solution in record time, to not only ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, but to also safeguard those who were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, but may have had barriers preventing them from attending their appointments.

“Using this partnership as template within which we could expand, we have since been able to offer our assistance to other Health Boards across the Service area. Indeed, a group of 10 vaccine heroes from our Service have joined Powys Teaching Health Board’s vaccination team, playing their part in distributing vaccines at mass vaccination sites in Newtown and Builth Wells. This is another fantastic example of how working together has been vital in our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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