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Art is George’s tribute to town

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George LewisA LIFE-sized Sunderland airman has stepped up for duty with the Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust – courtesy of highly regarded Pembrokeshire artist and personality George Lewis. George, from Pembroke, has created the airman in full flying gear with a number of the famous flying boats as a backdrop. It was ‘unveiled’ at the recent Open Doors event at the town’s Dockyard Chapel and much admired by all who attended. Educated at Pembroke Dock Grammar School, George studied at Swansea College of Art and Swansea University, before teaching and lecturing for 36 years in art and design, latterly becoming a head teacher. Since retiring to Pembroke in 1991 George has immersed himself in the local community and was a tutor at the old Coronation Further Education Centre in Pembroke Dock for nine years. During that time he designed and researched two huge murals which were painted under his direction by mature students in his arts groups. The ‘Millennium Mural’ – 20 ft by 8 ft – is a remarkable montage telling the 200 year story of Pembroke Dock, while the ‘Garrison Town Mural’ depicts all the cap badges of regiments and corps which served at Pembroke Dock from 1814 to 1967. Both murals were on display at the Open Doors weekend in the Dockyard Chapel and plans are developing for them to again go on permanent view in the town. Along with wife Jeanne – herself a graduate teacher of art and design – George has created several other murals with examples in St John’s Church, Pembroke Dock, and Monkton Priory Church Hall. The largest and most spectacular example of their work is in Pembroke Town Hall where over 200 foot of panelling fills the walls on two floors. The thoroughly researched pictures depict the story of Pembroke and local area from the Stone Age to the reign of Edward VII, in 1901-911. Commenting on his latest creation George said: “I have presented this to the Sunderland Trust as my tribute to the part the flying boats have played in the town’s history and in admiration of the work the Trust is doing to promote and record this important period of Royal Air Force history in west Wales.” George’s airman is now displayed in the Glass House Coffee Shop, part of the Trust’s visitor centre at the Fleet Surgeon’s House in the Royal Dockyard. The Centre and the Coffee Shop are open Tuesdays to Fridays inclusive, 10 am – 4 pm.

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Penally asylum seekers warned for breaking Fire-Break Lockdown rules

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POLICE have warned asylum seekers staying at Penally camp that there is currently a Firebreak Lockdown in Wales, and that they must follow the rules or face legal action.

Residents in Penally have said that they have groups of asylum seekers from the facility walking through the village.

“They were shouting, and drinking with a police van following them” one resident said.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police issued the following statement on the incident: “On the evening of Tuesday, October 27, police were made aware that a number of men were on the village green in Penally, breaking the current Welsh Government restrictions.

“The men, from the Penally Asylum Accommodation Centre, were spoken to and advised to return to their accommodation. Officers followed the men to ensure they returned to the centre.

“Officers will always aim to engage, educate and encourage adherence to the national measures with enforcement being the last action.

“The management team at the centre will be advised so that the firebreak requirements can be reinforced to the service users resident at the centre,” they added.

Last weekend police issued a fixed penalty notice to a female who was deemed to be breaking the current lockdown rules by traveling to the Centre.

A spokesman told The Pembrokeshire Herald said: “A female who was spending time with the asylum seekers over the weekend was advised about her non-essential travel to the asylum accommodation centre”

“After failing to adhere to a warning she was issued with a Covid fixed penalty notice and made to leave the area.”

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New lockdown grants reminder for businesses in Pembrokeshire

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has begun processing applications from local businesses for the new non-repayable grants introduced by Welsh Government in response to the current ‘firebreak’
lockdown.

Applications opened on Wednesday (28th October) and will close at 5 pm on Friday, 20th November, or when the fund is fully committed.

Please be aware that to be considered for this grant you must apply via the Authority’s website and successful applications will be paid within 30 days of receipt.

Within the first 24 hours the Council received over 1,600 applications.

Applicants are requested not to contact the Authority to chase progress during this period to allow the grants team to process the applications.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Paul Miller, said: “I encourage all eligible businesses to apply as soon as they can. I have asked officers to consider all applications as sympathetically as possible and where we possibly can offer support, we will.”

For more information and to make an application go to: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/business-advice-and-support

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Police investigating the death of a 50-year old man in Saundersfoot

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TWO AMBULANCES and several police vehicles were called to a property in the south of the county on Thursday.

Police have said they are investigating the death of a 50-year-old man in Saundersfoot.

Emergency services were called to Ocean Point at approximately 8pm on Wednesday (Oct 28) following concerns for the gentleman. However, sadly he had died.

A police spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Police and ambulance attended a property in Saundersfoot shortly after 8pm last night following concerns for welfare of a resident.

“A man in his 50s had died. An investigation is underway

“There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.”

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