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RNLI supporters pleased with latest figure

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Music to their ears: Supporters have raised £32,200 so far!

Music to their ears: Supporters have raised £32,200 so far!

A £150,000 community fundraising appeal towards a new lifeboat station at St Davids has taken a leap forward. A host of events have been held around the country to help raise the necessary cash to provide the volunteer crew with a new home. From musical evenings to a marathon and sponsored walk, people have been digging deep to support the worthwhile cause, which has now hit the grand total of £32,200. In September, RNLI lifeguards from beaches in north Pembrokeshire accompanied by volunteer crew members from St Davids walked the Pembrokeshire coastal path in relay. The intrepid fundraisers walked 186 miles over nine days, raising £1,600 towards the appeal.

Also putting his best foot forward for the appeal was St Davids RNLI volunteer crew member Judd Kohler who ran the Cardiff half marathon raising over £300 towards the target. In October, there were some ghostly goings on at St Davids City Hall when local musician Mike Chant, who is also a St Davids volunteer crew member and Honey Fungus played a Halloween gig to boost the appeal. The £1,300 raised during the night has most certainly lifted the spirits of local fundraisers. And it’s not just the people of Pembrokeshire who have been digging deep to support the new build. Residents of the Cheshire village Audlem have also helped to raise £2,000. St Davids RNLI volunteer crew member Reuben Palin called on residents in his former hometown to throw the appeal a lifeline.

Reuben and his friends held a music evening in the village which included bands The Duffey Boys, Folkwits, Heidi Browne, Roydan Styles, Darren Poyzer, Crystal Ships, Jack Marshall Band, Mark Stevens.and St Davids musician and lifeboatman Mike Chant. The £150,000 appeal launched in the summer is being spearheaded by Wales’ international footballer Ian Walsh and international Welsh rugby player Gerald Davies. RNLI Community Fundraising Manager Jen Abell says: “Every penny really does count as we work towards our target, which will ensure the crew have modern new facilities and our Tamar class lifeboat has a home which is fit for purpose.

The volunteer crew at St Davids really have been leading the way with fundraising and we are so very grateful to everyone who have done their bit in support of the appeal. I’m delighted to be able to reveal we’ve already raised £32,200, which is fantastic. I know there are many exciting new events being planned to ensure we reach our target and hope people will continue to support this exciting appeal.” The boathouse will be home to the station’s new Tamar class lifeboat RNLB Norah Wortley, which is already saving lives off the Pembrokeshire coast whilst operating from a temporary mooring in Ramsey Sound.

The project includes a new RNLI Lifeboat Station and slipway for the Tamar class lifeboat with additional space to accommodate the smaller D-class inshore lifeboat. The boathouse will include modern facilities including a drying room for kit and better provision for crew training and equipment maintenance. There will be better access to the new station which is important for the delivery of equipment and, more importantly, for the evacuation of any casualties brought in by the lifeboat.

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Fishguard and Goodwick Mural project turns to Crowdfunder to raise money

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PLANS to put up a few bright and decorative murals around the twin towns of Fishguard & Goodwick have turned to Crowdfunder to raise the money needed for their vision.

Andrew Harries, found of the Fishguard Future Projects, wants to place 12 murals around Fishguard and Goodwick “to help brighten up the town and showcase its culture and history”.

Andrew said: “Having been born and raised in Fishguard, I have seen the town’s highs and lows.

“Fishguard and Goodwick has a lot of potential with the tourism trade growing every year and the popular events such as the Music Festivals, The New Years Eve Street Party, The Carnival, The Soapbox Derby and many more helping attract even more visitors.”

The murals, which were initially turned down for funding when a grant application was refused, will focus on the two towns “interesting but lesser known history” that Andrew feels needs to be highlighted.

Andrew told The Herald: “Each design will be 8 x 6ft and mounted professionally on buildings around the area. Having spoken to a few business owners around the town, this project has received a lot of positive feedback.”

“The murals will unfortunately need to be fully funded via Crowdfunder, after a grant application was turned down.

“I have explored the option of having them traditionally painted on, but this would be more cost effective and would need to be maintained every 5 – 8 years. With this in mind, the designs will be created digitally and then professionally mounted on aluminium composite.”

If you want to help, you can find the link to Andrew’s Crowdfunder here.

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Drive for new recruits as Army Cadets re-open

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DYFED AND GLAMORGAN ARMY CADET FORCE are now able to accept new joiners aged 12 (and in Year 8 at School) to 17 years old.

Joining the Army Cadets will give access to a wide range of exciting activities, from adventurous training (AT) such as kayaking, mountain biking and abseiling and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to military-themed activities including shooting, fieldcraft and skill at arms, as well as training in first aid, young adults get the chance to discover lots of new experiences and make new friends.  

There is no obligation to join the Forces at all, but they can give some guidance if you are interested.  

There are no subscription charges, uniform is issued free on a loan basis; the only thing you need to supply yourselves is Boots.  

The Cadet Force are also looking for adult volunteers, both uniformed and non-uniformed to assist as well.

They have Detachments located in Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Narberth, Tenby, Milford Haven, Neyland, Pembroke Dock, Tenby, St Clears, Llanelli, Trimsarren and Burry Port.

Most Detachments parade twice a week in the evenings 1900 – 2100hrs on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday (Depending on Location) and try to get away for a weekend every month as well as organising summer camps. 

Further Information is available at :- www.armycadets.com or call them on 01656 657593 (Option 1) to find out where your local detachment is and what nights they Parade.

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Food Waste Heroes needed in Pembrokeshire

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TESCO’S Pembroke Dock Superstore has joined forces with food sharing app and social enterprise OLIO which is encouraging people across Pembrokeshire to become Food Waste Heroes.

The OLIO app allows anyone who signs up to tackle the issue of food waste at a local level.

OLIO Food Waste Heroes collect surplus food that might otherwise go to waste from supermarkets and other food businesses and share it with others locally for free via a contact-free pick-up.

Food Waste Heroes will be collecting surplus food from Tesco local stores taking part in the scheme, including the Tesco Pembroke Dock Superstore, and take it home ready to upload it to the app and share it with their community.

To reward them for taking part Food Waste Heroes are allowed to keep 10% of anything they collect to enjoy at home.

Saasha Celestial-One, co-founder of OLIO, said: “People become a Food Waste Hero for many different reasons but they each share a commitment to reducing food waste at scale. It is extremely rewarding because distributing large quantities of surplus food via the app means you get to see exactly what food you are preventing from going to waste.

“In the process of sharing our FWHs also get to meet a lot of new people in their neighbourhood, people from all walks of life. Finally, FWHs are able to keep up to 10% of their haul for themselves, so they can enjoy some of the delicious rescued food too!”

OLIO is registered with the Food Standards Agency, which ensures that all food collected is safe for human consumption.

Paul Johns, Store Manager at Tesco Pembroke Dock encouraged people to get involved.

“At Tesco we are committed to tackling food waste and we already donate our store’s surplus food to local charities and community groups through our Community Food Connection scheme with FareShare,” he said.

“But on some days local charities and community groups are unable to collect from us, and that is why we are supporting OLIO in the hunt for Food Waste Heroes across Pembrokeshire so that even more of our surplus food is eaten rather than wasted.”

To become a Food Waste Hero or find out more, visit https://olioex.com/get-involved/volunteer/

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