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wiAS THE YEAR draws to a close, Milford Haven WI have had another excellent busy 6 months with a summer outing to the Childrens’ Museum and Gwaun Valley Brewery. In July a very enjoyable day was had by all when they received the WI Centenary Baton from Dale WI, the president was seen off by members on the docks dressed as ‘sailors’ as she sailed off to hand the baton over at Burton.

Later all members of the Cleddau Group joined together, in Edwardian dress, for afternoon tea then finished the whole day off in style at the Jolly Sailor where the baton was handed over to Pembroke. The successful Royal Welsh team once again displayed their talents at the Nantyffin Hotel where the baton was handed over to Carmarthenshire Federation.

The Institute resumed in September to another full programme starting with an interesting tasting Quiz on Food arranged by Pat Greeen , most interesting and enjoyable talk by Mr Edward Perkins on the History of Milford Haven. Six members attended Denman College in Oxford with Pembrokeshire Federation doing cooking and patchwork quilts.

We had a very successful and enjoyable Charity Night in October with a demonstration by Leah Humphries on how to make Cake Pops with Christmas in mind. We are delighted to have raised £401.00 through ticket sales, raffle and members donating their proceeds from selling their homemade crafts and preserves.

The following week was the Harvest Supper where committee members did themselves proud with an amazing array of food. The first meeting in November Sharon Mason showed us how to make Christmas Crackers which we all enjoyed. Our Secretary Liz Bearne laid the Wreath on Remembrance Day on behalf of the Institute.

November was the AGM where the Secretary Liz Bearne gave the annual report, Treasurer Marie Jelly presented her report and President Pat James thanked the Committee for their hard work and support throughout her first year, she also thanked the Institute for their support and to remember past members and families who had lost loved ones this year.

The following were elected on the Committee: Pat James President, Pat Green Vice President, Liz Bearne Secretary, Marie Jelly Treasurer, Catering Moira Jenkins and Margaret Kelly, Raffles/ Door Karen Davies, Programme Jill Moir and Charman Gainfort Trips. There followed presentations to Diane Woodham for the Craft Shield , Marie Jelly for the most competitions won over the year, Karen Davies for the ‘the Extra Mile Trophy, which was voted for by all members.

The President presented the cheque for £401 to members of the Talking Mercury, the Institutes charity of 2014. Mrs Pam Davies, Mrs Alvis Warrington, Mrs Pat Farrar and Mrs Liz Bearne The evening ended with an amazing raffle by Karen Davies, mince pies and mulled wine by the committee. The next meeting is the Christmas Dinner when the institute will break until January 7 when new members are very welcome.

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

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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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