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Inaugural Santa Fun Run in Narberth a wonderful festive success

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FOR the inaugural Santa Fun Run in Narberth 153 entrants registered online before the weather forecast of gales and rain for the weekend.Despite that a further 25 plucky individuals registered as latecomers on the day in the Queens hall Narberth. Luckily the event stayed dry, albeit a bit windy.

Rotarian Organiser Architect Ken Morgan had mustered volunteers from the Rotary Club and The Narberth Food Bank to man the 6 places on the registration desks which were inundated with revellers from 10.30 to 11.30 on Sunday 8th December.

President Elaine Bradbury, Ken’s niece Cathy and Therri Bailey, manager of the Narberth Food Bank had a checklist of items presented in Alphabetical order which had been expertly collated by Rotarian Treasurer Kirsty Willing. Kirsty used to be in Tenby ladies Circle helping with the Tenby Santa Run, So Tenby’s loss was Narberth’s gain.

The booking in system went smoothly and by 11am the Hall was buzzing with the Christmas music laid on by The Queens Hall staff and a sea of red Santa Suits made everyone aware that Christmas Season has well and truly started. A squad of Army Cadets made up of recruits from the Narberth and Haverfordwest detachments were on parade with four of their Officers and they quickly deployed on manoeuvres before the allotted start time in order to marshal critical points around the 3K route through the Town Centre and public footpaths.

On the Saturday preceding the event A1 Servicing kindly loaned free of charge their red barriers to which Ken and Rotarian Nigel Towns fixed bright yellow signs with Black arrows depicting the route so strangers from far afield such as Milford Haven, St Clears and Pembroke Dock could navigate the course easily.

The signs were expertly produced and donated by Narberth’s firm called Revelation. On arrival at The Finish Line The Narberth Round Table with Santa was present with Chairman Andrew Thomas to present sweets to the children and The Rotary Club are extremely grateful for this assistance.

Inside the club formal announcements were made about the financial sponsors who included: Clive Preece Developments; Ivor Rees & Sons; Folly Farm; Rob Chell builder, Strasdins Joinery, Ieuan Griffiths Builders; Graham Searle and Caravan Parks Redford, Narberth & Rosehill Broadhaven. After thanking the dignitaries for their attendance, The organiser also commented on the work done by the Narberth First Responders in manning the critical road junctions and he then passed the microphone to President Elaine to present a cheque to The Narberth Food Bank Manager Therri Bailey.

The amount donated was magnificent £1000 and thanks is due to all participants for making this such a successful charitable occasion.

Therri then gave an account of how such donations are invaluable to the work that the Trussell Trust carries out nationally, but this money will be spent locally. Readers are encouraged to offer any spare time that they may have volunteering at Narberth on Wednesday mornings in the former Magistrates Court At market Square where the Food Bank stores all the goods which they receive from benefactors.

Finally, President Elaine has confirmed that this first event was such success that it is now intended to make it an annual event in Narberth’s calendar. Watch this space for more details in the future.

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Pembroke: Leave teenage girls alone, sex offender told

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A SEX OFFENDER from Ashdale Lane, Pembroke has been jailed for repeatedly ignoring court orders which were put in place to protect young girls.
Gareth Thomas James Flynn, aged 41, frightened a 14-year-old girl who refused to get off a bus in case he managed to find out where she lived.
41-year-old Gareth Thomas James Flynn scared a 14-year-old girl because she refused to get of a bus, frightened he would learn her address.
He admitted breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and was jailed today for a year.
Sitting at Swansea Crown Court, Judge Geraint Walters berated the defendant.  His Honour said that Flynn had shown a complete disregard for the original SHPO.
The judge said: “Leave teenage girls alone. They are scared of you”
He told Flynn he would be on licence for 12 months after his release from prison, and he reminded him that the SHPO remained in place.

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Narberth: ‘My mum’s camper was stolen and found burned out down the road’

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A CAMPER VAN stolen on Thursday night in Narberth was found burned a short distance from where it was parked, the owner’s son has said.

Zachary Bunce posted an appeal on Facebook on Friday morning saying: “Can every single one of my friends please share this my mother’s Ford transit campervan was stolen last night in the Narberth area can people please be on the lookout for this van as my mother is completely heartbroken.”

But three hours later he updated the post to say: “Thank you everyone who shared, sadly my mums van was driven 1.3 miles down the road and driven into a ditch and burnt it out.

Mr Bunce has said on that the incident has been captured on CCTV, and took place at 2.10am in the morning (Jan 24).
Anyone with any information should contact the police on 101.

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Hook: Police and school confirm death of boy, 13

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POLICE are investigating the sudden death of a 13-year-old boy from Hook on Wednesday (Jan 22)

A police spokesman told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 13-year-old boy, from the Hook area of Pembrokeshire.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. Next of kin have been advised and are being supported.”

A letter was sent out to parents and carers by Haverfordwest High VC School headteacher Jane Harries following the death. The letter reads: “It is with great sadness that I have to inform you about the sudden death of a year nine pupil at our school.

“The children in Year nine were told this morning by myself and other pupils were told by their teachers during their lesson this afternoon. The full detail surrounding the death are not known at this stage – but children have been reassured that this is something that does not happen very often. Your child may or may not want to talk bout it, but it is likely that he/she will need your special care, attention and reassurance at this difficult time.

“We are deeply affected by the death, but we are trying, for the children’s sake, to keep the school as normal as possible over the coming days, whilst allowing the children opportunities to talk about the pupil if they wish to. Trained support staff and counsellors are helping to support us through this difficult time. If you feel that your child needs extra support, please let us know.

“Our thoughts are with the pupil’s family at this difficult time, and the whole school community sends them our sincerest sympathy and support. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s achievement leader, or Miss Thomas, pastoral support manager. Paul Lucas, chairman of the governing body at Haverfordwest High VC School, said: “The governors are shocked at the tragic loss of this young student. The family are in our thoughts at this very sad time.”

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