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Call goes out for Welsh Guinness World Records Titles

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LAST year millions of people across the world witnessed through social media the unique talents that Wales has to offer, with seven record-breaking feats across the length and breadth of Wales recognised by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Adjudicators as ‘Officially Amazing’. This took Wales and the Welsh language around the world to over 11 million people through TikTok, Instagram and a variety of social platforms.

This year the challenge is back, with a number of record attempts in the build up to March 1, and a new initiative this year, inviting attempts at the following records to secure immortality, feature in an S4C special, be shared by millions of social media user across the world, and book a place in the Guinness World Records 2022 edition on sale in September. 

Now the people of Wales have their chance to create a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title. These are the records up for grabs:

  • Most sticky notes stuck on the face in 30 seconds (current record 38)
  • Fastest time to put on 10 t-shirts
  • Fastest time to move a cream filled biscuit from the forehead to the mouth
  • Most tea bags thrown backwards into a mug in 30 seconds

Anyone looking to break these Guinness World Records is invited to register interest by going to https://guinnessworldrecords.thinkorchard.com 

Craig Glenday, Editor in Chief at Guinness World Records said: “We’re really excited to be celebrating Welsh record-breaking talent again this year in honour of St. David’s Day. Last year we saw some fantastic new records achieved to mark the occasion, and we’re excited to hear about the new challenges that people will be attempting. Will any hopeful record-breakers earn themselves a spot in the Guinness World Records book? I can’t wait to find out!”

A programme featuring each of this year’s record-breaking attempts, produced by Cardiff-based Orchard, will be broadcast on S4C during March.

Programme presenter Alun Williams said: Programme presenter Alun Williams said: “We had such a lot of fun last year making the world’s biggest Welshcake and being amazed by Tudur Phillips’s dancing skills as he extinguished 50 candles with his heels! Obviously things are going to be a bit different this year – but there is still an opportunity to have some fun – and maybe break a record or two. The records this time – like the t-shirt challenge or the attempt with the Post It notes – are easy to do at home safely with all the family. It’s also something fun to do during lockdown. So, go for it! It’s lots of fun and you never know – maybe you’ll create a new world record!”

Rob Light, Executive Producer at Orchard said: “We had such a terrific global response from last years’ St David’s Day campaign, that all partners were really keen to work together again this year, broadcasting uniquely Welsh talent and the Welsh language around the world. We also wanted to ramp it up this year, and engage directly with the people of Wales, and their love of Guinness World Records. With so with so many people still confined to the house, we’ve set up a challenge that can be easily accomplished in their own homes. We think the response will be massive.”

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS began with a single book published from a room above a gym in 1955, and has grown to become a global multi-media brand, with offices in London, New York, Miami, Beijing, Tokyo and Dubai. Content is now delivered through Books, via TV shows, Social Media and Live Events.

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Permit applications open for Tenby pedestrianisation scheme

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is now accepting applications for vehicle access during this year’s Pedestrianisation of Tenby.

The scheme, which is due to start on Monday, July 5 and conclude on Friday, September 10, will again see the walled town divided into three ‘zones’, each having varying degrees of vehicle access.

Whilst all necessary plans are being put in place for it to start and finish on the above dates, the scheme will remain under constant review in light of Government guidance relating to Covid-19, and the Council will provide any updates as necessary.

Possession of an ‘access permit’ does not provide any exemption from Government restrictions, and any regulations relating to travel and the occupation of holiday accommodation or second homes must be observed at all times.

Following the success of last year, the permit application process will continue online, with paper application forms and guidance notes no longer being delivered to residents and businesses.

The application form and guidance notes are available from pembrokeshire.gov.uk/tenby-pedestrianisation

Residents and business within Tenby are encouraged to complete the application process as soon as possible, to ensure that there is sufficient time for the application to be processed.

Permits will be issued approximately 7-10 days prior to the start of the scheme.

For enquiries, e-mail tenby.pedestrian@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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Join the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel as an independent member

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THE Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel is looking for two members to join them in their work to support and challenge the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Panel is made of up of members nominated by Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys county councils along with at least two independent members.

Opportunities have now arisen for two independent members to join the Panel and carry out key statutory roles that will support the Commissioner exercise his role effectively.

Members will be expected to attend and take part in regular meetings and take part in decision making, creating reports and making recommendations to the Commissioner.

They will review the Commissioner’s annual draft Police and Crime Plan and annual draft budget, review and scrutinise his decisions and actions, and if necessary review the proposed appointment or removal of the Chief Constable and other senior police force appointments.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they can take a balanced and objective approach in supporting the Panel and the Commissioner, make strategic and well-informed decisions, and interpret and question financial, statistical and performance related information.

They will also need to be able to act as a ‘critical friend’, challenging views or proposals for change constructively.

Applications close on May 31, and appointments to the Panel will be made until October 31, 2024. 

For further information, visit www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.wales

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Successful Fire Service and Health Board partnership to enhance COVID-19 vaccine roll out comes to end

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TUESDAY 11 May 2021 marked the end of a hugely successful partnership between Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Hywel Dda University Health Board, initiated to enhance the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to the communities of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Since February, Community Safety Staff from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have transported 125 passengers over 9450 miles to ensure they were able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Recognising the configuration of our Service, the areas we cover and indeed the people we employee, this seemed an ideal opportunity for us to widen our response to the pandemic and support our partners in safeguarding our communities.

“Whilst we already collaborate with the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, this opportunity enabled us to expand our assistance further within the health arena. This partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board was the first of its kind for Fire and Rescue Services in Wales and paved the way for a number of similar partnerships for us and the other Fire and Rescue Services in Wales.

“I am extremely proud of our staff who have participated in this collaboration and have made a huge difference to the lives of so many people. Their contribution has without doubt had a positive impact on our response to this global pandemic”.

Mydrian Harries, Corporate Head of Prevention and Protection for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, coordinated the Service’s response to this call for assistance.

“Our communities are at the heart of our core business. Knowing we were in a position to make an impact, we put in place a robust solution in record time, to not only ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, but to also safeguard those who were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, but may have had barriers preventing them from attending their appointments.

“Using this partnership as template within which we could expand, we have since been able to offer our assistance to other Health Boards across the Service area. Indeed, a group of 10 vaccine heroes from our Service have joined Powys Teaching Health Board’s vaccination team, playing their part in distributing vaccines at mass vaccination sites in Newtown and Builth Wells. This is another fantastic example of how working together has been vital in our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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