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Pembrokeshire Green Party announce candidates

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Party members: Pembrokeshire Green Party (Photo: Ben Rice)

Party members: Pembrokeshire Green Party (Photo: Ben Rice)

P E M B R O K E S H I R E GREEN PARTY announced their Parliamentary candidates last Thursday (Oct 23) at a very well attended Public meeting in St Thomas Hall, Haverfordwest. Over 30 people attended Pembrokeshire Green Party’s fi rst ever public meeting. Guest speakers were there to rally the crowd, and spoke on the theme “Is the Green Party the new Party of the Left and also the party that has the future in mind? Bridgend Green, Andy Chyba gave a rousing and historical speech, including the quote from the late Rosa Luxemburg: “It’s either Eco-Socialism or Barbarism”. First given one hundred years ago, he pointed out that this is as relevant today as it ever has been and that there is always work to be done locally.” Swansea’s Ashley Wakeling gave a highly charged speech about his work with the rapidly expanding ‘Wales Young Greens’ and shared experiences gained recently while canvassing for the upcoming by-election in which he is standing for the Swansea Uplands Council seat.

If successful he hopes to represent the 23,000 students that live within Swansea, alongside independent businesses, struggling to survive the continual growth of multinational corporations. Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire Green Party Candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections were announced at the meeting and were available to take questions. Frances Bryant will stand as the Parliamentary candidate in Preseli Pembrokeshire next May. She said: “The Green Party has tripled its membership here in Pembrokeshire within the past year alone and now has a vibrant and active local group.

I believe that voters are coming to the Greens in such numbers because they can see very clearly with the current government where the socially catastrophic policies of austerity and climate change denial are leading the country. The Green Party is a progressive party with the emphasis on the common good both socially and environmentally. This contrasts with the policies of other parties who follow policies which benefi t multinational companies and the top 1% of earners at the expense of everyone else. I relish the chance to explain to the people of Pembrokeshire over the coming months the really positive message that the Greens are bringing to the hard pressed electorate.”

Ben Rice was announced as the candidate for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, when asked why he had decided to stand next May he replied: “It often surprises people that I didn’t stand for The Green Party solely because of its environmental policy. The primary motivating factor for me was their progressive social and economic policies. Cameron’s cuts have caused untold suffering to millions but have not reduced the defi cit; they have not got the economy back on course but have resulted in yet more government borrowing.

The current economic model being used by all other political parties is inherently fl awed and The Green Party are the only ones taking that disastrous fallacy seriously. Austerity has not proven successful so I’m standing with the message of “stop the war on the poor.”” Gary Tapley, the candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, while speaking at the meeting pointed out that the Green Party may be perceived as ‘radical’ to some but given the chance would like to reassure his constituents that the Green party has extremely well developed policies and while there are big changes to be made to the economy and the way in which we all use the earth’s resources both industrially and at home, he sees his role as ensuring that there is a smooth transition between where we are now and the more sustainable, social, environmental and economic future that the Green Party has to offer.

Pippa Bartolotti, leader of the Wales Green Party said: ”There is terrifi c energy coming out of our new group in Pembrokeshire. Membership in west Wales has tripled in a very short time. People are joining the Greens all over the country because they know we stand up for the ordinary people who have seen their lives and prospects undermined by a government taken over by big business. She added: “Only the Greens will push the agenda to keep the NHS in public hands, to renationalise the railways and bring on a wealth tax.” For more details please contact Jim Scott on 07814089250 or fi nd us on Facebook at Pembrokeshire Green Party | Plaid Werdd Sir Benfro If you wish to join or support the Green Party please follow the links on the ‘Wales Green Party’ website. www.wales.greenparty.org.uk

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Ultra-runner demonstrates to never give up on your dreams

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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

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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 https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/

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 surveys@pembrokeshire.gov.uk 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

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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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