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Paul Sartori hosts Summer Ladies Night

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PEMBROKESHIRE-BASED Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service, who provide a range of services to end of life patients and their families, benefitted recently from the much-anticipated Neyland Sartori Store’s: Summer Ladies Night.

The unique retail experience added to the previous successful Ladies Night’s, and was held on Wednesday 3 rd July, at the Sartori Shop Kensington Road, Neyland. These events are so popular and renowned now that there were long queues well before the doors opened at 7pm – welcoming not only local ladies, but also a beautiful summer evening!

Twice a year these much-anticipated, exclusive events in Neyland raise amazing amounts for people living in the final stages of a life limiting illness and support their families, and this event was certainly no exception, raising an amazing £1600 for the charity. The Ladies Nights in Neyland, are, due to the size of shop, only open by invitation.

It is well-supported by regular customers to the shop and locals alike. The prudent shoppers are welcomed into the store; greeted with a complimentary drink and given exclusive shopping rights to the wears on offer.

There was an excellent range of quality pre-loved clothes including designer and special occasion wear (some brand new with tags) and many other items including hats, handbags and shoes at great prices!

The air was full of excitement throughout the evening as ladies perused the shop for bargains; supported other shoppers and casually chattered amongst themselves.

Once again, the volunteer team at Sartori Store, Neyland, who are the backbone to this event, have been busy for months preparing for this event. And this special Summer Ladies Night could not have taken place without the efforts of the volunteers who helped organise the event: Celia, Jane, Diane, Cathy and Maggie.

Also helping on the night and serving drinks to the customers were local teenagers completing their Welsh Baccalaureate and Duke of Edinburgh – Josh, Cara and Jessie.

All the shoppers had a wonderful evening and the volunteers were delighted to welcome all who attended.

Maggie John commented: “Another successful Ladies Night. I love these evenings. It is wonderful to see everybody! The atmosphere is very special – I can’t wait for the next one! We (volunteers) all like getting involved and a lot of time goes into preparing for the event, but it is worth it!”

“The special thing about these evenings is that we provide a relaxed atmosphere for our ladies to enjoy shopping for themselves. It is a relaxed atmosphere which they share with their friends, while having a glass of wine and leaving with a bargain, or two!” added Maggie.

“We have a great community spirit in Neyland and it was great to see so many locals out supporting Paul Sartori”, Maggie concluded.

The Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service provides a range of services to people living in the final stages of a life limiting illness, including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling support, clinical nurse specialist in palliative care, physiotherapy, advance care planning and training.

The services provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home Service enable people in the later stages of any life limiting illness to be cared for at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear.

Further information on the charity and its services can be obtained by visiting their website www.paulsartori.org, or by phoning 01437 763223.

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Crime Commissioner continues to secure funding for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual violence

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THE POLICE and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police is again making the offer for organisations that support victims of domestic and sexual abuse to bid for additional funds.

Funding was made available last year, in light of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on organisations supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence.

It was part of a £76 million package of support made available by the UK Government.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Thanks to this additional funding, we can ensure that victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Dyfed-Powys can access specialist services for support, at a time when they are needed the most.

“Unfortunately, we have seen a rise in domestic violence during the pandemic and victims need help now more than ever and I am grateful for the work of all the service providers across the Force area that help these men, women and families who are most in need.

“I want to reassure anyone who is in an abusive situation or relationship that you do not need to suffer in silence, and I urge anyone to report abuse to the Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

“This funding is open both to providers whom I currently commission and those that I do not currently fund. However, unlike the extraordinary Covid-19 funding provided in 2020/21, organisations do not need to be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise to be eligible for this funding. They must, however, provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims of sexual violence or domestic abuse cope with the impacts of crime and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced. We would also encourage applications from small specialist organisations that support groups with protected characteristics.

“If you wish to submit a request for this funding, further guidance is available on my website, and can be requested via the office e-mail address.”

Closing date for submissions is close of play on Friday, March 12, 2021.

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Covid alert level lowered for whole of UK

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THE COVID alert level for all four nations of the United Kingdom has been lowered to alert level 4.

The decision comes following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in light of the most recent data.

In recent weeks, the R-rate and the number of covid cases has been on the decline.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton said: “Following advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and in the light of the most recent data, the four UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director agree that the UK alert level should move from level 5 to level 4 in all four nations.

“The health services across the four nations remain under significant pressure with a high number of patients in hospital, however thanks to the efforts of public we are now seeing numbers consistently declining, and the threat of the NHS and other health services being overwhelmed within 21 days has receded.

“We should be under no illusions – transmission rates, hospital pressures and deaths are still very high. In time, the vaccines will have a major impact and we encourage everyone to get vaccinated when they receive the offer. However for the time being it is really important that we all – vaccinated or not – remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidelines.

“We know how difficult the situation has been and remains to be for healthcare workers, we thank them for their immense effort, skill and professionalism throughout the pandemic.”

Under the Welsh Government’s Alert level 4 restrictions, schools and colleges, places of worship, community centres, playgrounds and public parks are among those that can be opened.

Theatres, entertainment venues, leisure facilities and outdoor visitors attractions are among the places that must remain close while the country is in Alert Level 4.

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Postmaster and politicians welcome Goodwick cash machine U-turn

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GOODWICK post office will now be keeping its ATM, after a U-turn by Post Office Ltd.

The machine was due to be removed within months with the post master, Jon Moverley saying that it would be a disaster for the village.

If the ATM had been removed, there would have been just two 24-hour ATMs serving the whole of Fishguard and Goodwick in the short term and three when the Co-op renovations are completed.

Both politicians and local residents then got behind the campaign to keep the ATM

Pembrokeshire politicians Paul Davies and Stephen Crabb have welcomed the news that Goodwick post office is now set to keep its ATM facility. Following representations made by both politicians to the Post Office, it’s now been confirmed that Goodwick Post Office will be included in the rollout of ATM machines across the post office network.

Mr Davies said “This is really welcome news. I’m pleased that the Post Office has listened to the representations made by the local community and decided to retain the ATM at Goodwick post office. The facility is so important for local people and businesses and it’s great that that’s been recognised and the Post Office has committed to keeping it.”

Following the Post Office’s decision to invest in Goodwick’s ATM rather than remove it, Stephen Crabb MP, who campaigned for the ATM to stay, commented: “It’s great news that the Post Office has overturned its own decision and will be keeping an ATM machine in Goodwick.

“Access to cash continues to be incredibly important for a number of people and businesses and I’m pleased to have played my part in working with John from the Post Office in Goodwick, Paul Davies MS and the wider community to highlight the ATMs importance to the area. It shows what can be achieved when we work together.”

The postmaster described the news as ‘brilliant’. Mr Moverley thanked supporters.

He said “Many thanks to all of you who have used the machine and complained to POL about the removal. We were also supported by our MP, MS and mayor, the National Federation of Sub-postmasters and our Chamber of Trade.

“Everyone did their bit, and it says an enormous amount about the strength of the community.

“We are delighted that locals and so many other people have come together to save this essential facility in the village.”

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