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Something different: A steam engine rally stopped many people in their tracks!

Something different: A steam engine rally stopped many people in their tracks!

A NORTH Pembrokeshire pub is flying the flag for locally produced beers. The Bridge End in Llanychaer, known to its locals as the Bont, has recently re-opened with new landlords Mark and Lesley. They have wasted no time in turning the popular pub into a showcase for some of the great beers from the microbreweries that have sprung up in recent years, putting North Pembrokeshire firmly on the beer map of Wales.

Indeed, the Bont has just become the most recent Pembrokeshire pub to win the accolade of an entry in the Good Beer Guide published by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale). To achieve recognition in the ‘Bible of British Beers’ means serving ‘real’ ales in top condition, and ideally in a friendly, welcoming pub atmosphere.

The Bont succeeds in ticking all these boxes. As you arrive in the picturesque village of Llanychaer, you can simply follow your nose, as the wonderful smell of a log fire drifts down the road. And for visitors from further afield, directions can be found in the Good Beer Guide, whether in book form, online or as a phone app. Local pubs serving local beers may seem the most natural thing in the world but, surprisingly, very few pubs in the area do actually take the initiative and choose to offer something other than the usual familiar names from big national breweries.

So members of CAMRA’s Pembrokeshire branch were impressed to find that the hand pumps in the cosy bar permanently offer at least two different beers from Bluestone Brewery, near Newport and another two from Gwaun Valley Brewery. Both breweries are a mere 3 to 5 miles from the Bont, so it makes good environmental sense as well as supporting the local economy.

Other notable additions to the beer brewing scene in North Pembrokeshire include the award-winning Seren brewery at Rosebush, and Caffle Brewery, based in the Old School, Llawhaden, which scooped a Silver medal at Pembrokeshire Tourism’s awards this year. Close links between pubs and our local breweries are good for everyone.

And as if to prove the point, it will soon be possible to enjoy a pint (or two) of ‘Bont Ale’, brewed and specially labelled by Len and Sarah Davies at Gwaun Valley Brewery – the perfect accompaniment to an excellent home-cooked lunch or evening meal from Lesleys’ kitchen.

In the words of Mark and Lesley: “This is a lovely old pub with a history stretching back 150 years or more, and still has the huge water-wheel that used to power the smithy that once operated in the same building. The whole of the Gwaun Valley has a long tradition of farmhouse brewing, so it only seems right that we should be serving beers brewed virtually on the doorstep.” During the Fishguard & Goodwick Autumn Festival, on the weekend of October 31 – November 1, Mark and Lesley showed that they have another passion, apart from great beer.

They helped to organise the memorable steam engine rally, which saw magnificent vintage machines on display around the twin towns, they certainly stopped plenty of people in their tracks. As regular contestants in the annual Cawl Crawl, and indeed winners of 1st prize for ‘Best Cawl’ last year, they were busy in the kitchen to be ready to receive the many cawl tasters who arrived in memorable fashion aboard one of the Foden steam lorries. Let us hope that many other Pembrokehsire pubs will follow the example set by the Bont and choose to ‘go local’!

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Ultra-runner demonstrates to never give up on your dreams



Rhys O’Mara (Left), Sanna (Centre) and Hollie Thomas (Right)

INSPIRATIONAL speaker Sanna Duthie recently inspired Military and Protective Services learners at the College with her story of running the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in a record breaking 51.5 hours without any sleep, to help raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance.

Former College learner Sanna Duthie, an office manager by day and active runner by night, shared her experience of running the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in record breaking time. Sanna had participated in a few marathons over the years such as Tenby Long Course Weekend, the Gower 50 and the London Marathon.

However, the real adrenaline rush to complete the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path was when Sanna competed in a 100 mile race of the coastal path in 2017.

“I realised I wasn’t too bad at that distance and then that’s when I got it in my head about doing the whole thing.”

Running a coastal path isn’t the easiest challenge and Sanna had to be prepared with an extensive training programme running over 300 miles a month equivalent to 10 miles a day. Sanna also had strength and conditioning training at a local gym to ensure her successful recovery.

“Coast running is hard on your muscles and joints and you need to strengthen those in order to not get injured,” said Sanna.

Originally Sanna started to run the entire coastal path in August 2020 but after 63 miles had to abandon the race due to dangerous weather conditions. This only made Sanna more determined and she completed her ultra-run on 8 th May 2021.

Sanna explained the highs and lows of the run, “There were times when I just wanted to quit, and I even started to hallucinate but I used a tactic where rather than focus on the whole run I broke it down into sections – this made things less overwhelming. Close friends and family would join alongside me on different stages of my run, and this motivated me to get to the finish line.”

Protective services learner Rhys O’Mara was thoroughly inspired by Sanna’s story, “I feel like, from the talk, I’m more inspired to go out and push myself to take on bigger and better physical challenges, the talk really showed that you can achieve anything when you dedicate yourself to a task. After College I’m looking to join the RAF as a drone pilot and have a full career in the forces.”

Sanna was the first female to run the entire coastal path and breaking the previous record of 64 hours and 32 minutes and raised an impressive £5,768.14 for charity.

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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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