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Mai Davies: TV & Radio presenter addresses the launch event.

Mai Davies: TV & Radio presenter addresses the launch event.

MONDAY (Nov 3) saw the launch of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, the first campaign of its kind in Wales. The launch has called upon organisations, providers and individuals to think innovatively and ‘dangerously’ about how education can be delivered sustainably as public sector budgets are increasingly being put under pressure. Led by NIACE Cymru, with support from Welsh Government and Big Lottery Fund Wales, the festival was launched at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and brought together a number of key and influential figures to stimulate ideas and debate about the future delivery of education and training in Wales.

To be held in mid-February (16-27) next year, the festival will stimulate discussion and start a dialogue between providers and the general public, around a range of dangerous ideas surrounding education: Is education wasted on the young? Has adult learning had its day? If the future is digital, have we lost our way? Do degrees prepare learners for the workplace? Commenting on the motives behind the campaign, acting Director of NIACE Cymru, John Graystone, said: “The current economic situation presents serious challenges with drastically reduced budgets.

So, now more than ever is a crucial time to think innovatively about sustainable ways to deliver key public services such as education. This exciting campaign, the first of its kind in Wales, aims to stimulate ideas and debate about future ways of delivering education and training.” Julie James AM, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, announced during the launch that the Welsh Government is a key supporting partner of this innovative campaign: “The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is a concept that has worked well in Australia for a number of years and more recently, closer to home, in Scotland. I believe that it can work well here too. This event, and the activities that I hope will come out of it, is a fitting response to our current financial situation.

Tackling Poverty and helping people into work are key priorities for the Welsh Government. Adult learning plays a crucial part in helping us achieve this as it is very much that vital ‘second chance’ for so many people.We have commissioned NIACE Cymru to develop a campaign calling for individuals and organisations across Wales to take part in thought provoking activities that challenges our assumptions about the way we learn and educate. Along with increasingly improving standards across education and skills we wish to ensure that people in Wales have the opportunity to increase their skills and knowledge in an environment and at a time which suits them best.” A range of speakers will take part at the launch event including the President of the International Council for Adult Education, Alan Tuckett, and Chief Executive Officer of Sport Wales, Sarah Powell, who will both be discussing their dangerous ideas surrounding adult education.

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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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County Hall to be lit up in orange as part of UN campaign



COUNTY HALL is being lit up in orange tonight (Thursday, 25 November) to highlight the United Nations campaign against gender violence #OrangeTheWorld: End Violence Against Women Now!

The UN is holding 16 days of activism against gender-based violence from 25th November to 10th December 2021 under the global theme set by the UN Secretary General’s UNiTE campaign.

Among the local groups supporting the worldwide campaign are Soroptimists International Haverfordwest which requested the illumination. “This is a campaign that, as a women’s group, we feel it very important to support,” said member Susie Blacklaw-Jones.

Council Leader Cllr David Simpson supported their request, saying: “This is an incredibly important issue and we are grateful to Soroptimist International Haverfordwest for helping to draw attention to the campaign and raise local awareness.”

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