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Start your career with the RNLI

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THE RNLI is in search of new recruits to spend a season working on some of west Wales’ most popular beaches, as applications open for 2020 beach lifeguards. RNLI lifeguards operate on 40 beaches in Wales in the counties of Bridgend, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and Denbighshire.

In west Wales, the RNLI is particularly keen to recruit lifeguards to work the beaches of Aberystwyth north/south and Borth.
In addition to this lifeguards will be required to provide a seasonal service at Pembrey, Pendine Sands, Amroth, Saundersfoot, Tenby North/Castle/South,  Freshwater West, Broad Haven, Nolton Haven, Newgale South/Central/North, Whitesands, Newport Sands, Poppit Sands, Aberporth, Tresaith, Llangrannog, New Quay Harbour and Clarach.
Successful applications will be to be available to attend training between 29 June – 10 July 2020.

At the forefront of the RNLI’s lifesaving work, the charity’s lifeguards responded to almost 20,000 incidents and helped more than 32,000 people in 2018. Successful applicants receive world-class training in search and rescue, lifesaving and casualty care techniques, good rates of pay and the chance to develop valuable skills for a future career.

In order to apply, there is a requirement to hold a National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification (NVBLQ) or equivalent. A health assessment (including an eyesight test) to ensure you are physically up to the job will be required. All lifeguards must be able to complete:

A 400m pool swim in under 7½ minutes, the first 200m of which must be completed in under 3½ minutes.
A 25m pool swim underwater and a 25m surface swim consecutively in under 50 seconds.
A 200m beach run in under 40 seconds.

Lee Fisher, Lifeguard Services Manager says: ‘Working as a lifeguard is a unique and rewarding experience – you get to call the beach your office for a start! But far more importantly than that, you are there to make sure the public stay safe while enjoying their visit, and ultimately to help save lives at sea.

‘This is a demanding job requiring commitment, skill and a clear head, but it’s also a job that is truly life changing. We’re looking for people with courage, determination and the ability to put their training into action and make the right decision if someone’s life is in danger. It is an incredibly rewarding role.’

And it’s not just on the beach where lifeguarding skills can be put into practice. The training provided by the charity can be an ideal first step towards many career paths, including continuing to work for the RNLI or for a career in the emergency services.

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Elizabeth Anne Salon and Prendergast Kids Club team up to raise vital funds for Local Charity

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Elizabeth Anne Beauty Salon and Prendergast Kids Club recently join forces to raise vital funds for local Charity.
Stephanie Tee owner of the salon based on Albany Terrace, Haverfordwest decided to start fundraising for Paul
Sartori Hospice at Home in memory of her dear friend Peter Green. Prendergast Kids Club held a successful raffle,
which had some fantastic prizes, whilst the salon raised money through their loyal customer base.

In total the two parties raised a total of £505.00 for Paul Sartori to use towards their range of services for
Pembrokeshire people living in the final stages of a life-limiting illness, including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling support, under 18’s anticipatory grief and bereavement
support, physiotherapy, advance care planning and training.

Stephanie Tee said “I am extremely grateful to everyone who has donated towards this fantastic local cause,
especially the children and parents at the kids club and all of our regular salon customers. We have raised much
more than I originally expected” The services provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home enable people in the later stages of any life-limiting illness to be cared for and to die at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear, if that is their wish.

“Elizabeth Anne Salon and Prendergast Kids Club have raised a fantastic amount to help Paul Sartori and we are
extremely grateful for their support. It is through the generosity of local people and businesses that we can continue to provide this much needed service for anyone in the later stages of a life limiting illness within Pembrokeshire.”

Said Mandy Jones, Management RN at Paul Sartori Hospice at Home.

All of the services are free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, thanks to the generosity of the Pembrokeshire Community. 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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Goodwick’s young percussionists are a hit in Welsh Open

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AN IMAGINATIVE programme, delivered in an accomplished way, earned Goodwick Brass Band
a praiseworthy fourth place in this year’s Welsh Open Entertainment Championship at
Porthcawl.

It was a third win in a row for the experienced Filton Concert Band from Bristol but
Goodwick were second placed Welsh band in a rousing and high-quality competition.
And Goodwick did not come away empty-handed. They claimed the best percussion entry
with their enthusiastic quartet of Dafydd Ridgway, Tomas Lawrence, Philip Davies and Iolo
Evans.

Goodwick’s selection Windows of the World earned special praise from adjudicator Paul
Holland, particularly for the percussion section and trumpet soloist Rhys Evans.
The band also earned compliments from brass band website 4BarsRest who commented:
“The youthful Goodwick band once again showed that they are building another generation
of players to be proud of.”

This year, Goodwick were conducted by Gareth Ritter while musical director Matthew
Jenkins made his contribution on his beloved euphonium.

While Filton completed their hat trick of victories, City of Cardiff came second and
Leicestershire band Enderby were awarded third place.

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Lottery win for local neighbours

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Five people in Manorbier are celebrating today after winning £1,000 each thanks to their lucky postcode.

The Wheelers Way neighbours netted the windfall when SA70 7TU was announced as a Daily Prize winner with People’s Postcode Lottery on Monday 24th February 2020.

People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt sent her well-wishes to the winners. She said: “What brilliant news to start your week! Congratulations to our winners.”

A minimum of 32% of ticket sales goes directly to charities and players of People’s Postcode Lottery have raised over £500 million to date for thousands of good causes in Britain and beyond.

This draw was promoted by the Wildlife Trusts which have received over £11.3 million in funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The Wildlife Trusts look after more than 2,300 nature reserves and operate more than 100 visitor and education centres across the country. The Trusts work to make life better for wildlife, people and future generations.

Many good causes close to the winners have also benefitted from players’ support, and local charities can next apply for funding in August.

For more information on People’s Postcode Lottery, please visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk or Facebook and Twitter.

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