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Haverfordwest town centre: Coastguard assists in the recovery of body

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Tragic scene: Police and HM Coastguard rescuers at the disused shop in Haverfordwest

Tragic scene: Police and HM Coastguard rescuers at the disused shop in Haverfordwest

A CONTRACTOR working for the Select retail chain discovered a deceased male at the rear of shops in Haverfordwest, The Pembrokeshire Herald understands. Emergency services were called at 12.45pm to an address in bridge street on Friday (Dec 5).

A witness told The Herald: “I saw a man screaming and crying in Bridge Street. He was on the phone to 999 saying that he had just discovered the body of a man.”

The main shopping street was temporarily closed to pedestrians whilst rescuers including coast guard teams assisted in recovering the body from an inaccessible area to the rear of the buildings.

After 2 hours of effort, the deceased male was brought through the empty unit – which used to be Thorntons Chocolate – by Roy Folland Funeral Services and into a waiting private ambulance. A dozen coastguard rescuers formed a line to give the deceased dignity as the body was removed from the building. Around thirty members of the public looked on, shopping bags in hand, as the operation unfolded.

Recovery operation: Bridge Street, Haverfordwest

Recovery operation: Bridge Street, Haverfordwest

The manager of a nearby shop told The Herald : “There has been a lot of emergency services activity this afternoon earlier the whole of the street was filled with emergency vehicles, including two fire engines.”

A member of staff at Dorothy Perkins said she was unable to speak to the press, but said the shop was closed whilst the recovery of the body was taking place.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating the sudden death of a man, whose body was found at a property in Bridge Street, Haverfordwest at approximately 12.45pm this afternoon.

“Enquiries are ongoing, but there aren’t believed to be suspicious circumstances. The body has not been identified at this stage.”

 

 

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Apprentice donates the gift of life

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FOOD and Drink Engineering Apprentice Samuel Davies recently became a successful Stem Cell Donor through the Anthony Nolan Charity.

Founded in 1974 the Anthony Nolan Charity offers a second chance of life via stem cell donation.

Samuel signed up to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register when he was seventeen after seeing an advertisement. As time passed Samuel didn’t think much more about it until last year when he received a call asking if he could give some blood samples to confirm a possible match. Fast forward to May this year, Samuel received another phone call asking for further blood samples and shortly after they confirmed he was a match for someone with blood cancer. 

Samuel then travelled to UCH London for a medical examination, and then later donated via peripheral blood stream collection. This collection method involves a cannula in each arm where blood is taken out through one arm, filtered for the stem cells and then returned into the donor’s other arm. This process took around seven hours from start to finish with minimal side effects.

Alongside, Samuel has also raised £820 for the charity to which £250 was kindly donated by Puffin Produce, where Samuel currently works as an apprentice. 

“Anthony Nolan are a great charity, and they cover all costs associated with the medical donation, such as any unpaid time off work, food, travel etc. They are desperate for males aged 16-24 to sign up for their register, so i’d say to anyone, if you’re medically able, then do

so! Everyone is born with the ability to influence other people’s lives but donating stem cells gives you the chance to save someone else’s life, and that is the best feeling in the world.” said Samuel.

Samuel is hoping to become an engineer on a full-time basis after he finishes his apprenticeship with Puffin Produce.

Samuel’s assessor, Mike Ashworth, expressed how inspiring Samuel is: “Samuel has impressed me with his academic achievements, and his work ethic in Puffin. His stem cell donations for the Anthony Nolan Trust and his fundraising efforts are truly inspiring. He is an absolute pleasure to work with.”

The Anthony Nolan charity are actively seeking donor’s particularly from males aged 16-24. To find out more please visit: www.anthonynolan.org

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New Mural at Theatr Gwaun tells multiple stories

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Wide angle shot of the finished mural

THE SCAFFOLDING came down to reveal the new mural on the exterior wall at Theatr Gwaun on Friday 24th September and it has had a very positive reception from the people of Fishguard and Goodwick. 

The mural was commissioned by Ancient Connections, a cross-border arts, heritage and tourism project, linking North Pembrokeshire and North Wexford, funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales co-operation programme.

The mural was created by Grant Radford of Accent London, originally from Port Talbot. He engaged with local schools and community groups linked to Theatr Gwaun before coming up with a draft design. 

This was then further honed and developed through dialogue with the team at Ancient Connections, Theatr Gwaun staff and a public engagement session held at the Theatr.

A simple colour palette of a rich dark purple/blue background, with black and gold images over the top gives the mural an elegant and contemporary feel. 

A silhouette of black birds flocking across the building is layered over with sparkling gold creatures of the sea and figures from folklore, such as a mermaid. 

Another layer of yellow stars presents these figures as constellations, paying homage to the navigation of seas using star maps in times gone by.

An anchor in the bottom right hand corner references Fishguard and Goodwicks’ rich maritime history and trade.

A local resident said:

“It’s fabulous. Relevant, bold yet delicate. I love how the different colours create depth and fluidity and the references to nature.”

A story key at eye level on the wall presents a series of smaller images that touch on significant stories and heritage of the local area, as well as links to Wexford across the water. 

Motifs include the ‘Sgadan Abergwaun’ or Fishguard Herring – as local people were referred to due to their dependence on herring fishing. 

A coiled rope references the traditional ropemaking trade in Fishguard that gave Ropewalk street its name. 

The enormous whale in the main mural and in the motif points to the presence of whales such as minke in the Irish Sea, as well as the famous film of Moby Dick, which was shot in the Fishguard area in 1954 starring Gregory Peck and Orson Wells. 

A light aeroplane recalls the first flight over the Irish Sea from Goodwick to Enniscorthy in 1912. A galleon conjures up the infamous pirate Barti Ddi who hailed from Puncheston and sailed the seas in the early eighteenth century.

Ruth Jones, Project Officer for Ancient Connections says:

“We are delighted with the mural, it is stylish and striking, and at the same time speaks of movement and migration across the Irish Sea, which are key themes for Ancient Connections. We hope that it will become a focus point for the twin towns to evoke local heritage and folklore, as well as give visitors an insight to the rich history of this area”.

A forthcoming leaflet will provide more information on Fishguard and Goodwicks’ local stories, folklore and heritage for local people and curious visitors alike. Ancient Connections is led by Pembrokeshire County Council, together with partners Wexford County Council, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Visit Wexford funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales co- operation programme.

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Deadline approaching for Enhancing Pembrokeshire Panel

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THE LOCAL AUTHORITY is urging organisations and community groups to apply for the final round of Enhancing Pembrokeshire grants of the current political administration.

The deadline is 22 November so the council is encouraging those who have thought about applying to do so prior to the closing date.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet will meet in January next year to make its final decision.

The Enhancing Pembrokeshire Grant, uses funds raised via the Second Homes Tax, to provide funding for new projects that help address the negative impact of second homes – and in doing so adds value to our communities.

Cllr Bob Kilmister, the Cabinet Member for Finance, said: ‘I would urge organisations and groups to get in touch and take this opportunity to improve and enhance the services they provide.

‘This fund has been critical to so many projects and has helped to develop incredible and worthwhile initiatives.’

To date, the Enhancing Pembrokeshire Grant has supported a significant amount of people in the county through a variety of projects that focus on connecting people. These initiatives address a range of issues from raising standards of health and wellbeing by providing affordable housing and improving social care – to promoting self-sustained and vibrant communities, regeneration and safeguarding our environment.

Here are some examples of current projects to see how people’s lives have been improved and supported:

Neyland Community Hub Community Interest Company   £46,150.00

This project was to establish a Community Interest Care Company in Neyland Community Hub focussed initially on domiciliary care.

Skrinkle Park Play Area £9,741.00

Providing essential play equipment created a more vibrant village facility supporting the wellbeing of families and children in Manorbier.

Clydau Communty Council  £12,611.00 split between the three wards of Crymych, Boncath and Clydau

The Helping Halls project provided a Project Support Officer who supported volunteers managing community halls in four villages. Working with the volunteers they identified ways to make the halls more resilient to changes in their communities, and more economically sustainable.

Fishguard Sports AFC £13,600

The Project prepared and developed a good quality cricket pitch. This enabled the sports facility to attract more sports participants, families and Fishguard School to enjoy all year round. It will ultimately make the Club more sustainable and help restore vibrancy to a large section of the Fishguard and Goodwick community.

Cantabile Singers of Pembrokeshire £2,377.60

The project was to encourage community participation in isolated areas through singing. Beneficial to those suffering from dementia, mental health issues or loneliness, enhancing the wellbeing of all. The project was for the provision of PA equipment necessary to reach bigger audiences, performance overheads and the purchase of Welsh and English music to support maximum audience.

The Tenby Talking Newspaper (TTN) £5,240.00

The project upgraded their recording equipment. It enabled them to maintain and improve their service to around 75 local people with impaired sight, offering participants news and information via audio extracts from the weekly Tenby Observer newspaper, allowing them to remain part of, and stay in touch with their community.

Cllr Kilmister adds: ‘This round is the final of the current administration so it is even more important to get involved and engage with the process. If you have any questions about how the scheme works please contact the email below and one of the team will call you back and talk you through the process.’

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