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Jill Evans backs Community Centre



Jill Evans backs Community Centre

Jill Evans backs Community Centre

A NEW community centre for North Pembrokeshire was officially opened on Saturday (Nov 1) by Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans. The new £600,000 Canolfan Clydau provides a focal point for local communities, business and visitors alike. The innovative and vibrant new development for the ward of Clydau, includes a main hall, kitchen, office space, conference facilities, free Wi- Fi, an online booking system and a state of the art remote entry system – the centre can also be administered from the comfort of an armchair using an iPad or a computer, no need for the old lock or key! The project received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

The centre was commissioned to address the publication of ‘One Wales’ in 2007, the Welsh Government commissioned research into issues affecting ‘deep rural’ areas of Wales. The research explored how residents experience life in ‘deep rural’ parts of Wales focusing on service provision and featured the Clydau ward. Ultimately it aimed to bring long-term sustainability to rural communities. The site was chosen in response to a County Council study on the needs of the most isolated rural areas of the county. Jill Evans MEP said: “As a Member of the European Parliament for all Wales, it was an honour to open Canolfan Clydau, especially as European funding has played a crucial part in making the community centre a reality.

European funding is very important to Wales – to west Wales in particular, and I was pleased that a new £2 billion pound deal was finally agreed this week. It’s important to remember that Wales is a net beneficiary of European money – and this wonderful building is an excellent example of the money being put to good use. The One Wales Government, which included Plaid Cymru, ensured that the interests of so-called ‘deep rural’ areas were not forgotten. It’s important for people to work together in the best interests of their community. And that is why I was so pleased to hear about the community aspects of this project – like being leased to the community, and hosting the village Post Office twice a week.

I am pleased to see new technology being employed – whether that is solar power, using the roof of the centre, or the internet being used to make bookings. I have long believed that through working together we achieve more. The building is already a hive of activity which is proof of this.” County Councillor Rod Bowen, who represents the Clydau Ward, said: “The centre is truly a multipurpose space that can be used for almost any community activity, private event, business or party.” He continued: “This is a fantastic first class Hi-Tec facility the set in heart of Clydau – a wonderful community centre for everyone to enjoy with facilities that are second to none.

The centre is also committed to supporting business growth and offers space for people who wish to develop business ideas, an essential catalyst for the creation of new companies and job opportunities.” Cllr Bowen also thanked Jill Evans MEP for officially opening the centre, staff from the County Council and the trustees of the centre who he said had worked tirelessly in bringing the project to fruition.

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Haverfordwest Youth Club hosts successful open evening



Credit - Haverfordwest Youth Club

HAVERFORDWEST Youth Club posted to their Facebook page to thank those who attended their open evening last night (June 30). 

They celebrated Youth Work Week by sharing their amazing new facility in Haverfordwest with the local community. 

Haverfordwest Youth Club

The open evening was located at the new venue at The Picton Centre. They had a range of activities including VR goggles, face painting and jewellery making.

Haverfordwest Youth Club wrote: “A special thank you to Haverfordwest Town Council, Sian – Haverfordwest Morrison’s Community Champion and Martin Jones from Ogi for supporting the evening. Also, to our members Sara, Amelia, Sureya, Pippa and Lily for volunteering their time to help on the evening”.

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Milford Haven’s “To The Sea” carnival returns this weekend



To The Sea is this year's theme

THE CARNIVAL returns to Milford Haven this Saturday (July 2), after a two year break. With a variety of events, rides and food, it is expected to be fun for all the family. 

This year’s theme is “To The Sea”. Milford Haven Round Table have organised an Under The Sea Parade which will form part of the procession.

This year’s procession will take on an exciting new route, ending at the new and exciting  Carnival Arena on Milford Waterfront. 

It will leave Waterloo Square at 1pm, and travel across Hakin Bridge and up Hamilton Terrace. The carnival will then proceed down Charles Street and Dartmouth Street before arriving at the Carnival Arena. 

Map of the procession (Credit – Milford Haven Round Table)

Acrobats, an animal club, live music, street food stalls, and an amazing “fly board” act on the water are among the fun activities and events planned for the Carnival Arena.

Entry to the arena is £1 for adults and 50p for children. The festivities are expected to begin at 1:30pm. 

Andrew Holmes Fun Fairs will be providing a range of rides and stalls at the Arena, such as the Sizzler, the Can Can, the Terminator and a Circus Funhouse. A superslide and games stalls will also be available. 

Rides and stalls will not accept cash on Carnival Day, but will instead be accepting tokens which are available from the grey token box at the entrance of the arena. 

Each token costs £1. It is advised to pay for tokens with cash. Although card is accepted to purchase tokens, due to the location of the Carnival Arena the signal may be a problem so the card readers may not work as planned. 

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Deadline approaching for £500 payment to unpaid carers



THE DEADLINE to apply for a one-off £500 payment to eligible unpaid carers in Wales is rapidly approaching.

The Welsh Government scheme, administered by Pembrokeshire County Council, is open to all unpaid carers in Wales who were in receipt of Carers Allowance on 31 March 2022.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 15th July 2022 and those who believe they are eligible are urged not to miss out.

The Council is also sending out 400 letters this week to those they believe may be eligible and who have not yet applied.

The payment is in recognition of the increased financial pressures many unpaid carers experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic and to help with some of the additional costs they have incurred. 

The payment is targeted towards those individuals who care for someone for at least 35 hours a week and have low incomes.

You will not be eligible for the payment if:

  • You have an underlying entitlement to Carers Allowance but do not receive a payment because you are in receipt of another benefit at the same or higher rate; or
  • You only receive the carer premium  

If you have already applied please be assured the Council is working its way through the applications as quickly as possible.

How to apply

Applicants (this should be the person in receipt of carer’s allowance)

are required to complete the online form at:

Required information is:

  • Your name, address, telephone number and email address
  • Date of Birth
  • National Insurance Number
  • Post code
  • A bank statement showing your name, address, account number and sort code

If you are having problems completing the on-line application form please email: alternatively call 01437 764551 for assistance.

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