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Step out in Wales for winter walks



winter walksPEOPLE in Wales are being invited to step out with the Ramblers during its annual Festival of Winter Walks and leave footprints in the snow as they explore the country’s beautiful wintry landscapes. Ramblers Cymru groups will be leading free walks from December 20 2014 until January 4 2015. From short festive strolls passing carol singers and Christmas markets to heartier rambles to walk off the mince pies and kickstart new year’s resolutions, there’s something for everyone in Wales to enjoy.

Ramblers Cymru Director, Angela Charlton, said: “Walking is great at any time of the year, we’re spoiled by our dramatic coastlines, rolling hills and stunning views, but there’s nothing quite like wrapping up warm and heading out with family and friends to explore Wales at its wintry best.

Our walks during the festival are free, fun and open to everyone, so put on your hat and scarf and join us as we head out into the crisp, clear winter to enjoy the season the way we know best, on our feet.” Let’s Walk Cymru, a national health walking scheme run by Ramblers Cymru, will also be leading short, free walks across Wales during the festival. Step out with Ramblers Cymru on one of the following free winter wanders in Wales during the Festival of Winter Walks:

Mince Pie Walk, Great Orme Date: Saturday December 20 Start time: 10am Distance: 7 miles Description: Join the Vale of Clwyd Ramblers for this Mince Pie Walk in Great Orme. Starting point: Llandudno, West Shore Group: Vale of Clwyd

Pen y Fan (Brecon Beacons) at night with Gower Society Date: Saturday December 20 Meeting time: 3pm Start time: 4pm Distance: 6 miles Description: This short, circular night-walk, run in partnership with the Gower Society, will climb to the top of Pen y Fan then over to Tommy Jones’ memorial and back. This is a night walk so remember to bring head torches and fresh batteries. Due to the time of year, this walk will be dependent upon reasonable weather so if in doubt, check with walk leader Ian Smith on 01792 368609 on the morning of the walk. Starting point: Between Guildhall & Victoria Park Group: Swansea

Boxing Day Walk: Pwll Du, Brandy Cove & Langland Bay Date: Friday December 26 Start time: 10am Distance: 7 miles Description: Starting in Newton, this winter walk crosses Clyne Common then heads on to Murton, Bishopston Valley and Pwll Du Bay. Enjoy beautiful views from the Wales Coast Path as you head via Brandy Cove and Langland Bay back to the start. Starting point: Highpool Lane, Newton Nearest postcode: SA3 4TZ Group: Swansea

On Par for Mountain Views (in the Amman Valley, Garnant) Date: Saturday January 3 2015 Start time: 11am Distance: 6 miles Description: This walk heads up past Garnant Golf Course for some great views of the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, following a series of footpaths along the southern side of the Amman Valley. The route heads back to the starting point through Garnant Park, following the River Amman. Starting point: The car park on Upper Station Road, Garnant. Turn north down the hill into Upper Station Road (opposite Garnant Chemist). After going over the level crossing at the bottom of this short hill, take the second turning on the left into the car park (approximately 50 metres after the level crossing) Group: Swansea

Gower: Whiteford Point Date: Sunday January 4 2015 Meeting time: 9am Start time: 10.15am Distance: 8 miles Description: A varied walk over hills and across beach and dunes in Gower. Make sure you bring your binoculars as birdlife is abundant during the winter. Meeting point: Tesco Ammanford Group: Dinefwr

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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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