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A PEMBROKESHIRE micro brewery has won a prestigious award in the west Wales Business Awards. 

Bluestone Brewing Company, a vibrant new micro-brewery located two miles from Newport, were nominated and awarded the title for the ‘Food produce or Food Retail Outlet’ category. The buildings in which the business operates are over 200 years old and were previously used as a dairy, stables and, indeed, only five months prior to opening their doors as a brewery, new born lambs and calves were being reared in them. In response to receiving the award, Simon Turner of Bluestone Brewing, told The Herald: “Amy (his daughter and partner) and I were delighted to receive the award at such an early stage in the brewery’s development. Brewing is a competitive business, particularly in areas remote from the larger market places, and so recognition for our endeavours is greatly appreciated and will help the Bluestone Brewery reputation both locally and further afield. There are some great food and drink companies and products in west Wales and to be singled out is a real boost”. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 8 in Parc Y Scarlets, celebrating the success of local businesses in west Wales. Chartered Accountants and Advisors LHP presented the second west Wales Business Awards, launched last year. This year’s format expanded from ‘new start’ businesses and opened up to all businesses, attracting 120 nominations, 40 more than last year. The event was presented by S4C’s Chris Jones. Speaking about the event, a partner at LHP Matthew Williams, said: “This shows the LHP commitment to raise our profile and give something back to the business community in west Wales and reward entrepreneurship and innovation which is so crucial in surviving in a tough business environment”. The name Bluestone Brewing Company is derived from the local stone that the buildings were built from many years ago. The Preseli Mountains stand behind the property, providing a very dramatic backdrop, and within a few miles of the brewery are several famous Bluestone monuments including the standing stones Cromlech at Pentre Ifan. The water used for brewing, filters down off the Preseli Mountains, through the organically farmed land at Tyriet, and collects in a well at the foot of the hills. Their banner beer is Bedrock Blonde which many local drinkers might have seen in the county’s pubs. Bluestone also announced to The Herald a new seasonal American Pale Ale called “Summer Rocks”, which will be available in selected pubs this summer and holiday season.

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Sincere apology to whistle-blower following Mik Smith cover-up

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THE COUNCIL has apologised after a damning report into the Mik Smith affair has heavily criticised senior council officers, including the former Head of Youth Service Eirian Evans, former Chief Executive Bryn Parry Jones, and former Council leader Jamie Adams.

The report prepared by a task and finish group of councillors takes no prisoners as it lays into the series of missteps and attempted cover-ups regarding the way the local authority’s then-leadership responded to a whistle-blower who reported serious concerns about the convicted paedophile’s relationship with young people in his care while a youth worker for the Council.

As the Leader of the present Administration of Pembrokeshire County Council, I am extremely pleased to see this report produced by the Members of the Task and Finish Group and I appreciate the input of Members, Officers and individuals to produce the conclusions in the report.

Cllr David Simpson said in a statement: “I am however drawn to the involvement of the Whistle Blower in this case. It is never an easy thing to whistle blow in the workplace and I appreciate this is something people have concerns over. It is crucial to ensure that we continue to encourage people to whistle blow and our policy and procedures, I am pleased to say have been updated and reviewed significantly since the period of time these matters occurred. These procedures now can empower people to whistle blow when they wish to report matters of concern.

“Regarding the case in question, I would very much like to thank the Whistle Blower who came forward in the first instance and who provided information of that experience to the Task and Finish Group process. That experience and insight is crucial when organisations like ours seek to learn from negative situations and by adopting recommendations from the group today we are continuing to ensure ever improving safeguarding procedures.

“Therefore I am extremely thankful for the involvement of the whistle blower in this process and would like to offer my sincere apology to her for having to be engaged in this sensitive matter over such a protracted period of time and having to re-visit what would have been a challenging and upsetting set of circumstances.

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Pembroke Dock: Extraordinary stories of arctic exploration

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YOU can discover extraordinary stories of arctic exploration at a special event at Pembroke Dock Library this week.

On Wednesday 18th April from 7pm, David Saunders MBE will be discussing the journeys of three ships built in Pembroke Dock and bound for the Arctic, only to be lost in some of the most mysterious stories in the history of exploration.

David is a maritime historian, a subject he has studied extensively and has always been passionate about.

He is also a well-known naturalist, having become the first warden of Skomer Island in 1960. He was awarded a MBE in 2003.

The event is free to attend and no booking is required.

For more information, contact Pembroke Dock Library on 01437 775 825.

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Kilgetty: Walkers raise £3700 for Harriet Davis Trust

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LAST AUGUST, the customers of the White Horse Inn organised a sponsored walk to raise funds for the Harriet Davis Trust.

The team of 30 walkers, led by Dilwyn Davies, has now collected all the sponsor money and the donations have reached a fantastic £3713.

Elizabeth Sleight, fundraiser for the trust said: “This was a truly amazing fundraising effort by Dilwyn and the White Horse Inn team, and we were completely overwhelmed by the result.

“Everyone has been so generous and it will make a huge difference in helping us give disabled children the best possible holidays.”

The Harriet Davis Trust has four holiday houses in Pembrokeshire for disabled children and their families and it is currently raising funds to refurbish its Giltar View property in Southcliffe Street, Tenby.

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