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PAVS week event a resounding success

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pavsNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK is a nationwide celebration of volunteers and volunteering which takes place from June 1 to 7 of each year. 

Volunteers’ Week plays a huge part in raising the profile of the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to the community, while inspiring others to get involved too. PAVS Volunteering Pembrokeshire held a National Volunteers Week celebration event on June 4 at Letterston Memorial Hall to recognise and give thanks to volunteers giving their time and commitment within their communities in Pembrokeshire. Over 150 people attended a very vibrant event with over 20 voluntary organisations promoting various volunteering opportunities attracting many new volunteers. The PAVS Pembrokeshire Volunteering Awards took place at the event in the afternoon, giving recognition in six categories – Trustee, Individual Over 25, Individual Under 25, Group Over 25, Group Under 25 and the Mary Sigley Award where volunteering has changed the life of a person. Anna Malloy, Port of Milford Haven (PoMH), PR and Communications Officer, kindly attended to present the awards to the winners. PoMH funds the Treats for Time scheme which is administered by PAVS and rewards volunteers with a treats or gift for carrying out 50 hours of volunteering. The winners were as follows: Trustee: Winner Margaret Moss, SPAN Arts; Highly Commended Geraint Williams, Haverfordwest Skate Park Association; Commended, Dennis O’Connor, PATCH and Ken Jones, Tanyard Youth Project. Individuals Under 25: Winner Amy Picton, PATCH; Highly Commended James Tyler, Pembrokeshire People First; Commended, Jodie Davies, Barnardo’s Pembrokeshire V-Linx Project. Individuals Over 25: Winners Pat and Roy Thomas, British Red Cross; Highly Commended Tessa Pearson, Various; Commended, Carol Clayton, PATCH and John Wretham, Bloomfield Community Centre. Mary Sigley: Winner Lewis Hodgson, PATCH; Highly Commended Sheila Weston, PATCH and Katie-May White, SPPOT; Commended Taylor Jones, Barnardo’s V-Linx Xtra. Group Under 25: Winners, PATCH Youth Group; Highly Commended Barnardo’s V-Linx. Group Over 25: Joint Winner PATCH and Pembrokeshire Citizens Advice Bureau Volunteers; Highly Commended Theatr Gwaun Trustee Board; Commended Haverfordwest Town Museum. There are over 400 volunteering opportunities in various areas of interest from environment and conservation, office and administration, IT and media, voluntary driving, volunteering with children, young people and the elderly, people with disabilities and much more. If anyone would like to find out more about how to get involved, contact Caroline at PAVS Volunteering Pembrokeshire on 01437 769422.

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it is this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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Warrant without bail issued for Milford Haven man who failed to attend court

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A WARRANT without bail has been issued for a Milford Haven man who failed to appear in court yesterday.

Gareth James Mann, 45, of Bunkers Hill was stopped in his VW Golf on October 31, 2020 in Milford Haven.

Mann is accused of driving without a licence, insurance, under the influence of cocaine and whilst in possession of an ounce of cannabis.

Police are now instructed to find Mann, arrest him and bring him before the courts.

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