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Milford Round Table set for a “2020 to remember” with a “new look Carnival”!

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MILFORD HAVEN ROUND TABLE is celebrating 60 years since they were first formed with some exciting plans for 2020 including a new look Carnival.

On 3rd March 1960 a group of 28 young men from the town met at The Lord Nelson Hotel and were granted their Charter by The National Association of Round Table of Great Britain & Ireland with Mr Taylor, a Milford Fish Merchant, being elected as the first Chairman. Today, the Table is one of the most active and fastest growing in the UK with 17 members and a strong contingent of ex-Tablers who still give up their free time to be a part of the group.

Chairman Ellis Thorne commented; “2019 has been a great year and I am so proud of everything we have achieved as a volunteer group of Milford lads. The Carnival was huge, I was amazed by the size of the crowds on the streets and bringing Britain’s Got Talent stars Reggie & Bollie to the Carnival field was the highlight for me! Then we had the Beer Festival which was crazy! Around 3,000 people visited during the day with over 4,000 pints of ale and cider, 1,000 glasses of prosecco and 10 hours of live music being enjoyed in the sunshine! In November the free-entry Firework Display attracted over 7,000 people to what was another great display with some great live music too. The year was finally wrapped up with the annual visit of Father Christmas. We spent 4 nights bringing a little bit of festive cheer to the towns kids, all the lads love this event every year! We’ve worked hard but it’s all so worth it!”

Adrian Cook will take over as Chairman in April and has some exciting plans for the year ahead with the annual Carnival receiving a face-lift; “For the last few years the Carnival has grown in size and is now such a huge day in the town. We’ve been thinking about how we can help it to keep growing and the obvious thing that needs to happen is for the Carnival procession to return to Charles Street! There are so many great local businesses along the street that would really love to be a part of the day and we hope that we can bring the spirit of the Carnival to the town centre once again. We’ve also faced some challenges fitting everything that we would like on the Carnival field so we’re also delighted to announce that the procession will finish at it’s new home on Milford Waterfront where we can accommodate a great funfair, charity stalls, entertainment arena and loads of fun for all the family!”

President of the Table Mark Khan says he is excited about how this new look will transform the Carnival; “This is the biggest community event in the town’s calendar, possibly even the County, and we want to make sure it keeps getting bigger and better. So many people have asked us to look at Charles Street being a part of the route and to keep growing the activities and entertainment on the Field – with what we have planned we can do all of it! Our thanks also go to the team at Milford Waterfront who really do get behind everything we do and offer so much support!”

Charles Street, Milford Haven – Carnival Day – July 5, 1986

Milford Haven Carnival will be held on Saturday 4th July with no set theme. However, for the first year there will be a prize awarded for the entry that best tells the story of Milford Haven so think along the lines of the Vikings, Quakers, Fishing, Oil & Gas and the Waterway. Entry forms are available by contacting any Tabler or via the Milford Haven Round Table Facebook page.

Milford Haven Round Table says it is always on the lookout for new members so if you are aged below 45 and would like to help make a difference in the town then get in touch via Facebook.

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Styling their way to the top

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(Left to right) Level 2 - Festival theme - work by Holly Mathias and Celebration of Colour - Level 2 and 3 – work by Leah Rees

FOUR hairdressing learners: Holly Mathias, Jenna Kilgallon, Helaina Thomas and Leah Rees, recently earned themselves a place in the next stage of the Concept Hair Magazine Learner of the Year Competition.

The candidates were invited into the College to show their fully presented entries as evidence and then submitted them remotely to the Concept Hair Magazine judges in December.

The categories for the competition were: Festival Hair, Red Carpet, Old School Barbershop, Celebration of Colour and Safari.

The unique styles allowed the learners to show off their creative hair styling skills from plaits to updos, to bold colour creations.

Charlotte Jones, Hairdressing lecturer was over the moon with the learners’ success; “We were all so impressed with the creativity, dedication and enthusiasm of all the students who took part in the competition. Also, the students who supported the entries during the day and the models who gave up their time to be involved. They should all be very proud of what they have achieved. The results were amazing!”

The students worked to COVID regulations ensuring all the correct PPE and procedures were followed.

Finalist, Holly Mathias entered three categories which included; Styling Level 2 – Festival Theme, Hair Up Level 2 – Red Carpet and Avant Garde – Safari.

Holly shared her experience; “Taking part in the Concept Hair competition, has really boosted my confidence and proved that hard work really does pay off. The support from the staff at Pembrokeshire College is outstanding. I would recommend everyone to take part in this competition as not only is it an amazing experience, but it really allows you to think outside the box and be as creative as you can! I would 100% take part in this competition again.”

Holly plans to go into full-time employment when she completes her course and hopes to one day work on cruise ships or even own her own salon.

The next stage involves the candidates submitting photographic entries on the 12th March where six will be shortlisted for the national finals which is set to take place virtually in April.

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Environmental projects supported by Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund

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PROJECTS involving worm composting, community planting and solar panels were just some of the projects that recently received support from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.

More than £140,000 was awarded to eight projects at the committee’s January meeting with the next deadline for applications set for 12 noon on 23 March.

Clynfyw Care Farm was successful with an application for a vermicomposting project, which will create a quality rich sustainable compost that can be used to improve soil conditions organically. This will support local vegetable producers and sequestrate carbon in the process.

The Newport Area Environment Group will receive funding to lead a community planting project promoting decarbonisation through biodiversity.

Cwm Arian Renewable Energy secured financial support to research a Pembrokeshire-wide Energy Efficiency program, with the aim of reducing energy use and tackling fuel poverty by increasing and normalising the uptake of low carbon life choices.

Funding for photovoltaic (PV) panels was agreed for projects submitted by Herbrandston Sports and Recreation Association, South Ridgeway Community Association, Neuadd Gymuned Bwlchygroes Community Hall, Ramsey Island Nature resort and Visitor Centre, and Crymych Rugby club, who all received funding to help harness solar energy.

Directors from Clynfyw Care Farm said: “Thanks to funding from SDF, this worm composting project will be a useful tool for engaging with people, reducing CO2 and teaching a simple sustainable process with important stages in a safe, supported environment. Once established, vermicompost will be available for purchase in local outlets, providing an environmentally-friendly alternative for local growers.”

Applications for funding are encouraged from not for profit groups, including village halls, community councils and environmental groups in the county who have a project that will contribute towards a reduction in carbon and help respond to the climate emergency.

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Council: Despite a rise Pembrokeshire still has lowest council tax in Wales

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCILLORS have voted to back a recommendation of a 3.75 percent increase in Council Tax for the coming year.

The increase equates to an extra 82p per week for Band D properties.

Pembrokeshire will still have the lowest Council Tax in Wales with Pembrokeshire Band D Council Tax payers paying £214.11, or £4.11 per week, less than the average across the country.

Cllr Bob Kilmister, the Cabinet Member for Finance, said the increase had been reduced from a proposed 5 per cent to 3.75 per cent to reduce the impact on Council Tax payers.

Introducing the budget to members, Cllr Kilmister said to go for a figure below 3.75 per cent would inevitably lead to much higher rises in future years.

Falling below 3.75 per cent would also lead to cuts in Council services, Cllr Kilmister said.

He added: “A reduction in services and staff numbers will affect the poorest in our communities the most. I believe we have a duty to these people.”

Councillors also voted for Council house rents to be increased by 1.5% for the coming year plus increases of up to 50p per week where properties are not at target rent levels.

The votes were taken at the full meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council held on Thursday, March 4.

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