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Fit and Fair: Pupils from Kilgetty School

Fit and Fair: Pupils from Kilgetty School

CHILDREN from Kilgetty have been keeping fit and playing fair by taking part in the Fair Trade In Football Campaign’s Fit And Fair workshops. As part of their Health Week all pupils, from nursery to year 6, of Stepaside School took part in the workshops last Wednesday (Oct 22). The aim was to promote fitness, whist thinking about the people behind the products that we use, considering how we can be more fair. Kicking off to the Match Of The Day theme tune the young people warmed up with a game of musical footballs.

In teams the youngsters then played relay games using the all new Bala Team Fairtrade stitched footballs, and Fairtrade bananas. Stepaside, and from 14 other Pembrokeshire schools, have been learning about the difference that Fairtrade makes to the footballstitchers, their families and communities in a series of assemblies and workshops: “When balls are hand stitched to Fairtrade standards it means stitchers get a fair wage, that working standards are safe and fair, with no child labour keeping children out of school.

We had fun keeping fit, all who took part were excellent, but it’s the fairness that Fairtrade brings that is helping to make a difference to people’s lives.” Says Fair Trade In Football Campaign Founder, Sharron Hardwick. Brand new cooperative, Bala Sports is working with Sialkot based Fairtrade sports balls factories in the hope to build stronger communities, they were impressed with the young people’s efforts: “Youngsters have a great sense of what’s fair and what’s not and it’s great to see them keeping fit and showing awareness of where the balls they play with come from, as well as learning how Fairtrade, gives a better chance for families in Sialkot, Pakistan.

And it’s not just workers at the Fairtrade sports balls factories who benefit – one of our factories has a water purification plant funded by the Fairtrade Premium that’s open to anyone in the community to fill up there containers with clean water” said Bala Sports, Angus Coull. A Fairtrade Premium is paid on every Fairtrade certified item, this money goes to the local communities to be used for whatever they need. New Life Christian Fellowship Sunday School, who meet in Kilgetty Community Center also took part in the Fit and Fair workshops as part of their harvest celebrations.

Sunday School leader Rhonwen Evans used pumpkins carved with a cross and a smiley face to demonstrate how Jesus can forgive our wrongs, and shine His light through us. The group believe that one way they can follow Jesus’s teachings to “love your neighbour”, and “shine His light” is by supporting Fairtrade and they enjoyed using the Bala Team Fairtrade stitched footballs.

Further afield Sharron continues working with Stoke City Community Trust and Port Vale’s Vale Park Community Initiative, who are both using Fairtrade stitched footballs in some of their community tournaments. Meeting The Lord Mayor Of Stoke On Trent, Councillor Khan, in June, Sharron and Bala Sports arranged for the Mayor to visit Ali Trading in Sialkot; supporters are keen to hear Councillor Khan’s reports. One thing Councillor Khan noted was the need for more people to buy Fairtrade stitched footballs. This is one aim of the Fair Trade In Football Campaign, to encourage the use of sports balls produced to Fairtrade standards so that more stitchers, their families and communities get a fairer deal.

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Ultra-runner demonstrates to never give up on your dreams



Rhys O’Mara (Left), Sanna (Centre) and Hollie Thomas (Right)

INSPIRATIONAL speaker Sanna Duthie recently inspired Military and Protective Services learners at the College with her story of running the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in a record breaking 51.5 hours without any sleep, to help raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance.

Former College learner Sanna Duthie, an office manager by day and active runner by night, shared her experience of running the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in record breaking time. Sanna had participated in a few marathons over the years such as Tenby Long Course Weekend, the Gower 50 and the London Marathon.

However, the real adrenaline rush to complete the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path was when Sanna competed in a 100 mile race of the coastal path in 2017.

“I realised I wasn’t too bad at that distance and then that’s when I got it in my head about doing the whole thing.”

Running a coastal path isn’t the easiest challenge and Sanna had to be prepared with an extensive training programme running over 300 miles a month equivalent to 10 miles a day. Sanna also had strength and conditioning training at a local gym to ensure her successful recovery.

“Coast running is hard on your muscles and joints and you need to strengthen those in order to not get injured,” said Sanna.

Originally Sanna started to run the entire coastal path in August 2020 but after 63 miles had to abandon the race due to dangerous weather conditions. This only made Sanna more determined and she completed her ultra-run on 8 th May 2021.

Sanna explained the highs and lows of the run, “There were times when I just wanted to quit, and I even started to hallucinate but I used a tactic where rather than focus on the whole run I broke it down into sections – this made things less overwhelming. Close friends and family would join alongside me on different stages of my run, and this motivated me to get to the finish line.”

Protective services learner Rhys O’Mara was thoroughly inspired by Sanna’s story, “I feel like, from the talk, I’m more inspired to go out and push myself to take on bigger and better physical challenges, the talk really showed that you can achieve anything when you dedicate yourself to a task. After College I’m looking to join the RAF as a drone pilot and have a full career in the forces.”

Sanna was the first female to run the entire coastal path and breaking the previous record of 64 hours and 32 minutes and raised an impressive £5,768.14 for charity.

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Public urged to take part in Council budget consultation



MEMBERS of the public are being urged to participate in Pembrokeshire County Council’s budget consultation 2022-23.

Launched this week, the consultation asks the public where they think the Council needs to spend money, and where it can save it.

As part of the process, the Council has created an online budget simulator, which includes videos from Cabinet members talking about the financial pressure in their portfolio areas.
Cllr Bob Kilmister, Cabinet Member for Finance, encouraged all those interested in how the Council spends its funds to take part in the consultation.

“It’s very important that we hear from as many people in Pembrokeshire as possible,” he said.

“Like other Councils, we are once again facing significant budget pressures and understanding community and household priorities is vital in helping us to make the difficult choices necessary in setting the 2023-23 budget.

“We look forward to hearing from you.”

How to take part in the consultation:

Teams Live Stream event
Join a Teams Live Stream event on Wednesday 1st December from 7pm – 8pm. Put your budget questions directly to Cllr Kilmister or the Council’s Director of Resources, Jon Haswell, or listen to the discussion. Questions are welcomed in English and Welsh.

Budget Simulator
Give your views on the budget priorities for 2022–23 by using our Budget Simulator which is available at

Download the survey and return to County Hall
Alternatively you can download and complete our hard copy Information and Response Form. Once complete please return to or Pembrokeshire County Council, Policy & Partnerships, County Hall, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP.

The consultation will end on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

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Milford Haven Council cancels annual Christmas lights switch-on event



Council cancels Christmas lights

MILFORD Haven Town Council have announced that they will be cancelling the official switching on the Christmas lights event this year.  

The Christmas lights in Milford Haven will be turned on Wednesday, December 1 at 7pm. However, unlike previous years, this will not be an official event. 

In the past, the event would see Father Christmas switching the lights on while on a balcony at the Town Hall. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the official turning on of the lights is unable to go ahead.

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