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How Y Gegin is blazing a fantastic food trail for the county

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PEMBROKESHIRE has long been synonymous with outstanding food and home-grown produce. The County boasts an extensive dairy farming sector and miles of coastline providing restaurants and families with the freshest fish, together with a wealth of local independent creatives who continue to transform Pembrokeshire’s quality ingredients into stylish, exciting dishes.
Pembrokeshire knows its food.

However, one woman’s determination to make a long-held dream come true and a phone call to Pembrokeshire County Council has provided the County with a something of a game-changer: Y Gegin has arrived.

Co-creator, Michelle Evans takes up the story: ‘I used to be a divorce lawyer but I dreamt of having my own business and creating good food from locally-reared and sourced ingredients.

Once I took the plunge, bought a smallholding, launched Paternoster Farm and opened my beach hut, the idea of a food hall came quite quickly. I wanted a ‘bricks and mortar’ setting to
showcase what Pembrokeshire has to offer.’

Together with friends, Jody Bell and Rhiannon Morgan-Bell, owners of local street food purveyors, Cwlbox, the newly formed team looked for somewhere they could bring their proposal. ‘In short, Michelle says, ‘we wanted to create somewhere that I would want to visit, an attractive space where people of all ages would come together and explore tastes and dishes from around our County.’

Identifying the old Market Hall in Pembroke Dock, Michelle called Pembrokeshire County Council more in hope than anything else; ‘We had spoken to private landlords and hadn’t had much success in finding a suitable location. While the Market Hall was the perfect space, we were unsure of the reception we’d get from the Authority.’ Instead, PCC were receptive and equally excited about the idea. ‘Y Gegin have been the driving force for this project but as a Council, we saw this prospect as a chance to support local businesses being brave and trying something different, says Rachel Moxey, Head of Regeneration. ‘From the beginning this has been a superb example of what can be achieved in Pembrokeshire and we have been delighted by how things have progressed, particularly with the public’s response since Y Gegin opened in early June.’

What has been created is a triumph: Y Gegin comprises 6,000 square feet of historical Market Hall – where Buffalo Bill himself stabled his horses in 1904 – transformed into a cool, contemporary, and stylishly shabby-chic eatery that is delighting its increasing wave of customers, be they tourists or locals. ‘The response was incredible, says Michelle, ‘on our first weekend, we sold out of fresh produce! We couldn’t believe it’.

Joining Cwlbox and Paternoster Farm at the Market are Bubbling Cauldrons, Conti’s Ice Cream and Tenby Brewing Co., together with Rocky Bees, a pastry chef from Tenby creating a dream team of specialists and flavours – and a wondrous scent drifting out into the courtyard – drawing the curious and the hungry to sample the local eats prepared and cooked on site. Not only has Y Gegin provided wonderful food, it have created jobs and specialist training. ‘We’ve got some brilliant young people who’ve joined us on this journey, ‘states Michelle with justifiable pride, ‘and we are really keen for them to continue with us, offering full time positions together with barista and food prep training.’

‘We’ve trialled this in June but we’re very keen to continue,’ says Michelle. ‘The Council were open-minded and forward thinking and let us take a chance. It has been a great partnership so far!’ Y Gegin will be wowing its customers again this weekend once more on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday with even more locals and tourists set to spend a little time with Pembrokeshire’s ‘Cooks of Cool.’

Why don’t you join them?

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Do you need new food waste and glass recycling boxes?

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IF YOU’RE A PEMBROKESHIRE householder and need a replacement food waste caddy (large and/or small) or a new recycling box for glass, then there are numerous local pick-up points where you can collect them for free.

The collection points are listed at https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-collections/replacement-bags-and-boxes

They are available at the following locations (opening times vary):

Leisure centres: Crymych, Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Pembroke, Tenby and St Davids.

Libraries: Milford Haven, Neyland, Saundersfoot, Glan-yr-Afon in Haverfordwest, Tenby.

Customer service centres: North Wing (County Hall, Haverfordwest), Argyle Street (Pembroke Dock).

Other locations: Cilgerran Post Office, Costa Coffee at Milford Waterfront, Narberth (Bloomfield Community Centre), Newgale shop (MM Carter Gardens & Leisure), Newport Post Office, Pembroke Town Hall, Tenby Town Council, Thornton Business Park (Council depot), St Davids City Hall, and St Dogmaels Post Office.

The Council has collected food waste and glass for recycling from the kerbside for several years. These collections are now weekly and continue under the new scheme, which also collects the following:

• blue box (paper)
• blue re-usable bag (card and cardboard)
• red re-usable bags (plastic pots, tubs, bottles and trays, cartons, and metal packaging – cans, tins and foil trays.

Please note that more than half of the households in the county have new collection days. Check your personalised calendar (posted out in October) if you’re unsure of your collection day. You can also view www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/kerbside-collection/next-waste-and-recycling-collection

Please note that containers need to be presented at the kerbside by 6:30am, as collection times are also changing.

Grey refuse bags have replaced the traditional black refuse sacks. Three grey bags will be collected once every three weeks. Larger families (six and over) can register for extra (green) bags at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-changes

• The Council urges anyone with queries about the new service to view FAQs and other information at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/waste-changes

If this doesn’t answer your query, please email enquiries@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

All email enquiries are being logged but acknowledgement emails are not being sent. However, queries are being dealt with. Please don’t send a follow-up email as it adds to the volume of messages received.

For further information, please contact Anna Wilson, Press and PR Officer, on 01437 775855. The Council’s press releases are also available on the Authority’s website: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom

A OES ANGEN BLYCHAU AILGYLCHU GWASTRAFF BWYD A GWYDR NEWYDD ARNOCH CHI?

Os ydych yn byw yn Sir Benfro ac mae angen blwch gwastraff bwyd (mawr a/neu fach) neu flwch ailgylchu gwydr newydd arnoch, gallwch eu casglu nhw am ddim o nifer o fannau yn lleol.

Rhestrir y mannau casglu fan hyn: https://www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/casglu-gwastraf/casglu-gwastraff

Maen nhw ar gael yn y lleoliadau canlynol (amseroedd agor amrywiol):

Canolfannau hamdden: Crymych, Abergwaun, Hwlffordd, Aberdaugleddau, Penfro, Dinbych-y-pysgod a Thyddewi.

Llyfrgelloedd: Aberdaugleddau, Neyland, Saundersfoot, Glan-yr-Afon yn Hwlffordd a Dinbych-y-pysgod.

Canolfannau gwasanaethau cwsmeriaid: Adain y Gogledd (Neuadd y Sir, Hwlffordd), Stryd Argyle (Doc Penfro).

Lleoliadau eraill: Swyddfa Bost Cilgerran, Costa Coffee Glannau Aberdaugleddau, Arberth (Canolfan Gymunedol Tŷ Bloomfield), siop Newgale (MM Carter Gardens & Leisure), Swyddfa Bost Trefdraeth, Neuadd y Dref Penfro, Cyngor Tref Dinbych-y-pysgod, Parc Busnes Thornton (canolfan y Cyngor), Neuadd y Ddinas Tyddewi, a Swyddfa Bost Llandudoch.

Mae’r Cyngor wedi casglu gwastraff bwyd a gwydr i’w ailgylchu wrth ymyl y ffordd ers blynyddoedd. Bydd y casgliadau hyn yn parhau bob wythnos o dan y cynllun newydd. Mae’r Cyngor hefyd yn casglu’r canlynol:

• blwch glas (papur)
• bag glas amldro (cerdyn a chardfwrdd)
• bagiau coch amldro (potiau, tybiau, poteli a hambyrddau plastig, cartonau a deunyddiau pacio metel – caniau, tuniau a hambyrddau ffoil)

Sylwer, mae gan dros hanner aelwydydd y sir ddiwrnodau casglu newydd.

Gwiriwch eich calendr personol (a bostiwyd atoch ym mis Hydref) os nad ydych yn siŵr o’ch diwrnod casglu.

Yn ogystal, gallwch wirio’r dyddiad fan hyn:
https://www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/casglu-gwastraf/casglu-gwastraff

Mae bagiau gwastraff lliw llwyd wedi disodli’r sachau lliw du traddodiadol. Byddwn yn casglu tri bag lliw llwyd unwaith bod tair wythnos.

Gall teuluoedd sy’n cynnwys o leiaf chwe unigolyn gofrestru ar gyfer bagiau (gwyrdd) ychwanegol yn: https://www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/newidiadau-gwastraff

Mae’r Cyngor yn annog unrhyw un sydd ag ymholiadau am y gwasanaeth newydd i ddarllen y Cwestiynau Cyffredin a gwybodaeth arall ar https://www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/newidiadau-gwastraff

Os nad yw hynny’n ateb eich ymholiad, anfonwch neges e-bost at enquiries@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Mae’r Cyngor yn cofnodi pob ymholiad e-bost, er nad ydym yn anfon negeseuon e-bost i gydnabod ein bod wedi eu derbyn. Fodd bynnag, rydym yn delio â phob ymholiad. Peidiwch ag anfon negeseuon e-bost dilynol oherwydd bydd hynny’n ychwanegu at nifer y negeseuon mae’r Cyngor yn eu derbyn.

Am ragor o wybodaeth, cysylltwch ag Anna Wilson, Swyddog y Wasg a Chysylltiadau Cyhoeddus, ar 01437 775855. Mae datganiadau i’r wasg y

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Range of topics for safeguarding week

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Hazardous co-sleeping with infants and adults who self-neglect are
among topics for discussion highlighted in National Safeguarding
Week in Mid and West Wales which runs from next Monday (4 th
November).

A wide-ranging programme is taking place throughout the week
across Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Powys
including conferences, engagement events and workshops.

The programme has been co-ordinated by CWMPAS and CYSUR,
the Mid and West Wales Regional Safeguarding Board.

A highlight of the week is the Board’s annual conference at
Pembrokeshire College in Haverfordwest on Thursday, 14 th
November.

The keynote address is being delivered by Dr Eileen Munro, Emeritus
Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics.

Dr Munro is the author of the Munro Review of Child Protection – a
child-centred system which made a number of recommendations to
reform the child protection system from being over-bureaucratised to
one that keeps a focus on the child.

The conference will highlight key achievements across the region in
implementing the Signs of Safety approach to working with families.

Signs of Safety is a more inclusive, solution-focused approach which
encourages families to find their own solutions to the challenges they
may be experiencing.

During the week, the Safeguarding Board will also seek to raise
awareness of circumstances in which co-sleeping becomes unsafe,
as well as the dangers of self-neglect and hoarding.

Technology will also be a theme as the Board formally launches its
newly designed website and enhanced social media presence in
order to improve awareness of its work and functions.

The new All-Wales Protection Procedures is also due to launch while
Dyfed Powys Police will follow a comprehensive programme of
activities to engage schools and communities, focussing on a variety
of themes such as sexting, cyber-crime and exploitation.

Other events taking place in Pembrokeshire include the Junior
Safeguarding Conference during which secondary school pupils will
receive a safeguarding module devised by Pembrokeshire’s
Safeguardians. There will also be a County Lines workshop to be
facilitated by Fearless, a branch of Crimestoppers.

Carmarthenshire County Council will be facilitating consultation
with partner agencies to finalise the draft regional self-neglect policy.
Hywel Dda University Health Board will also hold a Learning Event
related to this theme as part of Safeguarding Week activities.

Events taking place across Powys include the formal launch of new
procedures relating to deprivation of liberty safeguards, as well as
training across Health Boards on a range of adult safeguarding issues
delivered jointly with Trading Standards and Police.

TESTUNAU AMRYWIOL AR GYFER YR WYTHNOS
DDIOGELU

Mae cyd-gysgu peryglus gyda babanod, ac oedolion sy’n hunan-
esgeuluso ymhlith testunau i’w trafod y tynnir sylw atynt yn yr
Wythnos Ddiogelu Genedlaethol yng Nghanolbarth a Gorllewin
Cymru sy’n rhedeg o ddydd Llun nesaf (4 Tachwedd).

Mae rhaglen eang yn cael ei chynnal trwy gydol yr wythnos ledled Sir
Benfro, Ceredigion, Sir Gaerfyrddin a Phowys yn cynnwys
cynadleddau, digwyddiadau ymgysylltu a gweithdai.

Cydgysylltwyd y rhaglen gan CWMPAS a CYSUR, Bwrdd Diogelu
Rhanbarthol Canolbarth a Gorllewin Cymru.

Un o uchafbwyntiau’r wythnos yw cynhadledd flynyddol y Bwrdd yng
Ngholeg Sir Benfro yn Hwlffordd ddydd Iau, 14 Tachwedd.

Cyflwynir y prif anerchiad gan Dr Eileen Munro, Athro Emeritws Polisi
Cymdeithasol yn Ysgol Economeg Llundain.

Dr Munro yw awdur Munro Review of Child Protection – a child-
centred system, a wnaeth nifer o argymhellion i ddiwygio’r system
amddiffyn plant o fod yn system or-fiwrocrataidd i un sy’n cynnal
ffocws ar y plentyn.

Bydd y gynhadledd yn tynnu sylw at y prif gyflawniadau ar draws y
rhanbarth o ran gweithredu’r ymagwedd Arwyddion Diogelwch wrth
weithio gyda theuluoedd.

Mae Arwyddion Diogelwch yn ymagwedd fwy cynhwysol, yn
canolbwyntio ar atebion, sy’n annog teuluoedd i ddod o hyd i’w
hatebion eu hunain i’r heriau y gallant fod yn eu hwynebu.

Yn ystod yr wythnos, bydd y Bwrdd Diogelu yn mynd ati hefyd i
gynyddu ymwybyddiaeth o amgylchiadau lle mae cyd-gysgu yn
anniogel, yn ogystal â pheryglon hunan-esgeuluso a chelcio.

Bydd technoleg yn thema hefyd wrth i’r Bwrdd lansio’i wefan yn ffurfiol
ar ei newydd gwedd, ynghyd â gwell presenoldeb yn y cyfryngau
cymdeithasol er mwyn gwella ymwybyddiaeth o’i waith a’i
swyddogaethau.

Bydd fersiwn newydd Gweithdrefnau Amddiffyn Cymru Gyfan yn cael
ei lansio hefyd, a bydd Heddlu Dyfed Powys yn dilyn rhaglen
gynhwysfawr o weithgareddau i ymgysylltu ag ysgolion a
chymunedau, gan ganolbwyntio ar amrywiaeth o themâu fel secstio,
seiberdroseddu a chamfanteisio.

Mae digwyddiadau eraill sy’n cael eu cynnal yn Sir Benfro yn
cynnwys y Gynhadledd Diogelu Plant Iau lle bydd disgyblion ysgolion
uwchradd yn derbyn modiwl diogelu a ddyfeisiwyd gan Warchodwyr
Sir Benfro. Hefyd, bydd gweithdy Llinellau Cyffuriau yn cael ei gynnal
gan Fearless, sef cangen o Crimestoppers.

Bydd Cyngor Sir Caerfyrddin yn hwyluso ymgynghoriad gydag
asiantaethau partner i roi’r wedd derfynol ar y polisi hunan-esgeuluso
rhanbarthol drafft. Hefyd, bydd Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Hywel Dda yn
cynnal Digwyddiad Dysgu yn gysylltiedig â’r thema hon fel rhan o
weithgareddau’r Wythnos Ddiogelu.

Mae digwyddiadau sy’n cael eu cynnal ledled Powys yn cynnwys
lansio gweithdrefnau newydd yn ffurfiol yn ymwneud â threfniadau
diogelu wrth amddifadu o ryddid, yn ogystal â hyfforddiant ar draws
Byrddau Iechyd ar amrywiaeth o faterion diogelu oedolion a gyflwynir
ar y cyd â Safonau Masnach a’r Heddlu.

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Cruise Culture returns to Carmarthen this Sunday

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WALES’ biggest modified and performance car show is returning to the Carmarthen Showground this Sunday, August 25.

Cruise Culture is a static car show with modified, performance, classic and standard cars. The annual show attracts thousands of visitors each year.

On Sunday August 25, the ultimate indoor show hall will have some of the best modified cars from all over the UK on display, as well as an outdoor show and shine section.

Growing year on year, Cruise Culture now welcomes over 40 club stands. The entertainment stage will have DJs playing all day. Competitions throughout the day will include: Club of the Show; Car of the Show; Show and Shine Winner; Best Club Stand Car; Best Show Hall Car; Best Wheels of the Show and Best Install.

Prizes and awards will be handed out for each of the various competitions. There will also be inflatables and fair attractions, meaning Cruise Culture is a great family day out.

There will be a wide variety of food stalls, not just burger vans but hog roasts, BBQ, pizza and much more. The Jamie Squibb Freestyle Motocross Stunt Show will also take place, as the team of riders perform breathtaking jumps and stunts.

Pre-sale tickets have now ended. Tickets are now only available at the gate. Gate price is £7 per person. Under 12’s get in free.

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