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commerative mugThe flags of the 1914 War Allies around the Castle Green greeted the hundreds of people who came to view the Heritage Lottery-supported exhibition at Little Newcastle entitled Interpreting World War I through Commemorative China. 

Hosted by St Peter’s Church and put on jointly by the Little Newcastle Community Association and the Royal British Legion, the event was an unique way of marking the outbreak of the Great War. There were over 250 items on view with over 220 being pieces of ceramic which looked at five war themes: the Outbreak, the Battlefield, the Home Front, Victory and Peace and the Centenary. It was opened on Saturday, August 2, by the Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, Cllr Tom Richards, who gave a very apt address. Also present were many representatives of the armed forces, the church and the council. The booklet Little Newcastle, A Village at War, 1914 – 1919, which had been compiled by Richard Davies, was then launched and the first copy was presented to Ted Sangster on behalf of Heritage Lottery who gave a short reply. It was then a pleasure to hear the two commissioned pieces of music for the occasion: Remember, words composed and music written by Little Newcastle resident Janice Roberts. Michael Lewis sang the first and third verses, Emily Fearon the second and Cantorion Casnewy the final verse. The second piece, entitled, The Old Lie: Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori was composed by John Hughes, visiting organist of the church which was well received by all who heard it. The event, which was a huge success, would not have been possible without the assistance given by dozens of locals who helped in so many practical ways, including providing refreshments for such large crowds.

Exhibition Re-opening.

 Following the closure of the exhibition on Tuesday, August 5, numerous requests have been made to see the exhibits by those who could not visit the event. Consequently, it has been decided to re-open the exhibition during the afternoon of the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the forthcoming Bank Holiday, from 1 to 5pm. On the evening of Saturday, August 23, a concert will be held at the church which will feature Richard Morris (baritone), Eric Sheldon (flute) and John Hughes (organ). Remembrance. St Peter’s Church, Little Newcastle was packed for the World War One commemorative bi-lingual service held on the afternoon of Sunday, August 3. The service was conducted by former Royal Naval Chaplain, Rev Michael Brotherton, M.B.E., B.D., who preached a very appropriate sermon based on the experiences of various Great War military chaplains. Also present was the Ven Dennis Wight, the Archdeacon of St Davids, who read not only the names of the fallen, but also listed those from the parish who had fought in the conflict. The Fishguard & Goodwick RBL Branch Standard was carried in by Sea Cadet Thomas Hughes at the start of the service, before being laid on the altar. The organist was John Hughes, the lesson was read in Welsh by Richard Davies and the collection was taken by Alison Evans and Roy Griffiths. Following the service, the congregation proceeded to the war memorial. Members of the families of the fallen laid crosses, whilst wreaths were put on behalf of the L.N.C.A. by the Chair and by Squadron Leader Bill Holloway, President of the Fishguard & Goodwick R.B.L., who also gave the Exhortation. The Kohima Epitaph was given by Gwilym Price. The bugler was Ffion Haf Williams, whilst the blessing was by the Archdeacon. Following formalities, the entire congregation was invited to the Old School to partake in a 1914 Cottage Tea which consisted of tea, breadand- butter, jam, cheese, Welsh cakes, potato cake and fruit cake. The afternoon ended with community singing of World War One songs, led by Lilwen McAllister. On Monday at 10.45pm a couple of dozen met at the war memorial to take part in the Lights Out Vigil to mark the precise moment when hostilities commenced in 1914. A Welsh prayer for peace and an English prayer for the departed was read, as were the names of the fallen. Two minutes silence and the Lord’s Prayer terminated the brief, but very dignified event.

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Cemeteries re-open to public

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Following the issuing of revised guidance by Welsh Government
yesterday evening (Friday, 3 rd April), all 11 of Pembrokeshire County
Council-owned cemeteries will be re-opened to members of the public
from 8 am tomorrow, Sunday, 5 th April.

The grounds of Parc Gwyn Crematorium in Narberth will now also be
accessible at their normal hours (10 am to 5 pm) although the Chapel
of Remembrance will remain closed until further notice.  

Welsh Government is in the process of making amendments to the
Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions Wales) Regulations 2020
which clarify the arrangements for funerals and crematoriums.
This includes the revision that cemeteries can remain open but social
distancing must be taken into account.

The list of persons who may attend a funeral – namely members of
the deceased’s household, close family, and a friend (only if no
household or family members were attending) plus carers of persons
attending – is also being changed.

The revised legislation states: ‘This will now include the person
arranging the funeral and anyone invited by that person (or any carer
of any of those persons) who may attend a funeral (and will be
considered to have a reasonable excuse for leaving their homes).’
The numbers of mourners attending funerals at Parc Gwyn
Crematorium or burials in any Pembrokeshire County Council-owned
cemeteries remains unchanged at 12.

The Council’s 11 cemeteries are:
 Rosemarket
 Llangwm
 Freystrop
 St Ishmaels
 City Road, Haverfordwest
 Nolton Haven
 Llanfair Nanty Gof (Trecwn)
 Llanwnda
 Llanion, Pembroke Dock
 Monkton
 St Michael’s, Pembroke.

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Schools to remain open for now as Wales moves to ‘delay’ phase

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SCHOOLS will remain open as Wales moves into the “delay” phase in containing the coronavirus, the Welsh Government has announced.

The advice will change from Friday (Mar 13), with people who become unwell being asked to self-isolate for seven days.

Chief medical officer Dr Frank Atherton said the trajectory of the virus was now “quite clear” and the challenge remained preparing for a significant number of cases in Wales.

Dr Atherton said: “Wales was now really in the delay phase of the virus and it would lead to some inconvenience for people not going to work or school.

“We need to reduce the demand on the health and social care system so it can prepare for peak which may be May or June.”

SCHOOLS OPEN FOR NOW

Health Minister Vaughan Gething said closing schools was not an appropriate option for now.

He told a press conference at 3.30pm Thursday (Mar 12): “Ministers have had clear advice that closing schools now is not an appropriate step to take. For now, the advice and guidance is very clear. Schools should stay open.

“To be effective measure schools would have to be closed for a significant amount of time.

“If we close schools, what impact does that have on parents? Parents could be nurses, doctors or the police. We need to keep key workers in work.

“Another point is, if parents can’t look after them then it’s likely that older members of the family or grandparents will be. Older people are the people we want to protect now and in the future.

“Furthermore, in the Easter break, lots of children will be with each other anyway. The value in closing schools is low.

“Ministers are making choices guided by the best possible evidence and scientific advice.

“Members of governments around the UK need to take a responsible approach and take steps where there is no medical advice to do so within the four nations of the UK.”

LATEST FIGURES

Six new cases of coronavirus have been identified in Wales, bringing the total to 25 at the time of going to press. (7pm, March 12)

785 people in Wales have been tested for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). 760 results were negative, and 25 results were positive.

CONCERT CANCELLED

Milford Haven School postponed the concert due to take place Thursday (Mar 12). The school stated on social media: “We have regrettably made the decision to cancel the scheduled Milford Haven Cluster Welsh Concert here at Milford Haven School tonight.

“The decision is owing to us taking a proactive approach to prioritising the health and safety of not only our own pupils, but also their families and the wider community. Please note, this is not due to any specific health concern within the school. We will announce rescheduling of this event in due course.”

ROBUST MEASURES IN PLACE

Dr Robin Howe, Incident Director for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response at Public Health Wales told The Herald that he was certain that “robust infection control measures in place.”

“The public can be assured that Wales and the whole of the UK is prepared for these types of incidents. Working with our partners in Wales and the UK, we have implemented our planned response, with robust infection control measures in place to protect the health of the public.

“We would encourage people to check the advice for returning travellers, which includes guidance for those returning from Italy, China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Iran.

“Members of the public can help protect themselves and others by always carrying tissues, and using them to catch coughs or sneezes. They should bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash their hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel. This is the best way to slow the spread of most germs, including Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Public Health Wales’ trained scientists are now conducting the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnostic test in Wales. Over 90 per cent of the individuals who have been tested in Wales have been offered testing in their own home, making it as convenient as possible for them, as well as protecting our ambulance and hospital resources for those who need it most. We are not able to comment on individual cases for reasons of patient confidentiality.”

Official updates on the virus in Wales will now be given at 11:00 daily.

There are now 596 confirmed cases in the UK, up from 456 on Wednesday, and two more deaths, of people with underlying health conditions in London and Essex, taking the total to 10.

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Ancient Connections – Creative Camino from Ireland to St Davids

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Ancient Connections, a three-year arts, heritage and tourism project linking North
Pembrokeshire and North Wexford is looking for Welsh and Irish artists and community
members to join a weeklong pilgrimage walk to St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Since the launch of the project in September 2019, the Ancient Connections team have been
busy putting their ambitious plans into action; generating creative opportunities for artists and
communities to engage with their hidden past.

Now, the project is seeking two artists and three community members with close links to
Pembrokeshire to undertake a weeklong journey from Ferns, Co Wexford, to St Davids,
Pembrokeshire, in May 2020.

Artists working in performance-based art forms such as music, song, poetry, performance art
and dance are encouraged to apply, as they will be expected to produce new art works from
their experiences en route and to give short performances as part of the Fishguard Folk Festival
(23 rd May) and the St Davids Cathedral Festival (26 th May).

For hundreds of years St Davids was the most important site of pilgrimage in Wales, with two
visits said to equal one to Rome and three the equivalent of making a pilgrimage to the Holy
Land. 2020 marks the 900 th anniversary of St Davids canonization and pilgrimages are starting to
make a dramatic comeback! Many who undertake a modern pilgrimage do not necessarily
consider themselves religious; they are more often than not, simply looking to switch-off, slow-
down and reconnect to the important things in life.

Beginning with a spectacular send-off in Ferns, Ireland, on the 20 May, the pilgrims from
Wexford and Pembrokeshire, will make their way along the beautiful sandy beaches of the
Wexford coast, to the port of Rosslare. Here they will board the Stena Line ferry and set sail for
Fishguard. They will then wind their way along the rugged contours of the Pembrokeshire Coast
Path until they reach St Davids on 26 May.

For further information, including how to apply email ruth.jones@pembrokeshire.gov.uk
Closing date for applications is Tuesday 17 th March.

Ancient Connections is led by Pembrokeshire County Council together with partners Wexford
County Council, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Visit Wexford. The project is
funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales co-operation
programme.

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