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Welsh Labour Party dismiss UKIP threat

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Running scared?: UKIP claim is ridiculed.

Running scared?: UKIP claim is
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MEP and UKIP member, Nathan Gill, claimed this week that other political parties were scared’ of his party and their message. His comments came after the UKIP victory in the recent Rochester and Strood by-election. He said: “The (other) party leaders just attack us non-stop. They are all very fearful of us. And the reason is because the message we’ve got we don’t have to adapt it whether we’re going down to a council estate or down a large driveway to a manor house.

I’ve never changed or adapted my message, I just have the same one and we get the same result, and that’s why the other parties are scared. I would be very surprised if UKIP did not win a Welsh seat.” However, a Welsh Labour Party spokesperson responded by saying: “Polls shows that, while support for UKIP has increased, they look unlikely to elect any MPs in Wales next year. UKIP are reliant on Tory money, Tory people and Tory policies.

If they were to win next year, UKIP would raise taxes for working families, allow bankers to take bigger bonuses, make deeper cuts to public services and charge you to see your GP, and get rid of workers’ rights including parental leave, maternity pay, holiday pay, sick pay, and even redundancy pay. That’s why, when May comes, local people will support the only party to stand up for working people – Labour.”

William Powell, Welsh Lib Dem AM for Mid and West Wales, said: “It is true to say that the Tories are in a complete panic about UKIP. Instead of trying to mimic Nigel Farage, they would be better off concentrating on some of the Coalition Government’s achievements that would never have happened without the Liberal Democrats – rescuing our broken economy; cutting taxes for millions; and investing in our schools and NHS. The Liberal Democrats are the only UK party that hasn’t pandered to UKIP and have been willing to tackle their rhetoric head on.

We will continue to stick to what we believe in, especially in the value of remaining within and shaping a reformed European Union. EU Structural funds have brought huge investment to Pembrokeshire – and without EU farm subsidies, our agricultural industry would be on its knees. For these reasons alone, potential UKIP voters should be very careful about what they wish for.”

Pembrokeshire Conservative Council Leader, David Howlett, stated: “In terms of Pembrokeshire, the two sitting MPs of Stephen Crabb and Simon Hart have got a very good record of putting their constituencies first. UKIP’s message seems to be getting out, but if you have great concerns about Europe, like myself, and you want a say, if you vote for any other party you could wake up with Ed Milliband in number 10, and we would be heading further down the European route with no say on our destiny. I have great concerns about the European Union. What is going on now is not just about an economic union; we want control of our destiny.”

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Pembrokeshire camping sites named among the best in UK

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BRITISH camping has boomed in the last two years, with 4.5m Brits going camping or caravanning for the first time since the start of the pandemic, according to Mintel. And new research has now revealed 10 of the best secret camping destinations Britain has to offer, with Abereiddy and Havefordwest in Pembrokeshire amongst the top locations.

To uncover the country’s hidden gems, tyre and vehicle services provider, ATS Euromaster, researched the top camping destinations social media doesn’t know about, by revealing the number of positive reviews on online camping sites with fewer than five Instagram tags.

These stunning sites won’t break the bank either, with prices starting at only £8 a night for two adults.

The highest reviewed UK locations that have flown under the social media radar are: 

 1. Wareham, Dorset

1. Trigon Farm

Wareham is a pretty riverside town, close to the South coast in Dorset, 8 miles from Poole. The thriving market town is situated where the rivers Frome and Piddle meet and offers lots to do.

Hidden gem: Trigon Farm is set in a rural field near Wareham, with views of Trigon Manor house and arable fields to the left and beyond. This is a great site for families, with great facilities. It’s also dog friendly.

Prices from: £17 per night, for a tent or trailer pitch.

2. Dorchester, Dorset

2. Dewflock Farm

A historic market town on the banks of the River Frome to the south of the Dorset Downs, Dorchester is a vibrant place ideal for sightseeing. Some of the UK’s best-preserved Roman ruins are situated moments away from the thriving high street.

Hidden gem: Dewflock Farm is a working farm where people can camp and glamp, just 5 minutes from Dorchester. It’s a great base for people to explore Dorset, including the lovely beaches nearby.

Prices from: £100 per night in a Shepherd’s Hut.

3. Winnats Pass, Peak District, Derbyshire

3. Newfold Farm

An impressive limestone gorge in the White Peak area of the Peak District, Winnats Pass is a perfect spot for camping. The limestone is full of fossils of sea creatures which lived here over 350 million years ago.

Hidden gem: Newfold Farm is a family-run campsite at the start of the Pennine Way. It’s great for hikers and cyclists. It’s also half a mile from a pub and railway station.

Prices from: £20 per night, tent pitch.

4. Truro, Cornwall

4. Callestick Camping

The only city in Cornwall, Truro is a foodie destination surrounded by beautiful gardens and rivers. The cathedral city offers a perfect blend of historic charm and modern retailers, while tranquil camping among pristine nature is never far away.

Hidden gem: Callestick Camping is a dog-friendly wild camping field with spectacular views over the Cornish countryside, and only 10 minutes’ drive from the beach.

Prices from: £17.50 per night, tent or trailer pitch

5. Abereiddy, Pembrokeshire

5. Eco Caerhys Wales

Abereiddy, a small hamlet in Wales, is a perfect place to get away from it all and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Pembrokeshire coast.

Hidden gem: Eco Caerhys Camping in St Davids offers wild meadow camping at an organic farm on the Pembrokshire coastline. It’s a great place for active people, with surfing nearby.

Prices from: £30 per night, tent pitch

6. Dodd, Cumbria

6. Dodd Newlands

A fantastic place to get stunning views of Cumbria’s lovely Lake District, Dodd is just a few miles north of Keswick.

Hidden gem: Newlands Valley Campsite is close to Keswick and Derwentwater. It’s a great place for outdoorsy people, with mountain biking, boating and quad biking offered nearby.

Prices from: £23 per night, tent pitch.

7. St Austell, Cornwall

7. East Crinnis Cornwall

A striking curve of spectacular coastal scenery and an area rich in cultural heritage, St Austell is one of Cornwall’s biggest towns, boasting many gorgeous beaches.

Hidden gem: East Crinnis Camping in Heronbank is a working farm and wildlife haven half a mile from the Cornish coast with easy access to destinations like Fowey, Mevagissey and the Eden Project.

Prices from: £16 per night, tent pitch

8. Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

8. Harefordwest three fields

Haverfordwest is the attractive and ancient county town of Pembrokeshire, steeped in history with a castle and museum, which used to be the prison governor’s house.

Hidden gem: The Three Fields Campsite is a spacious site with a private toilet, shower and firepit at each pitch, situated just 10 minutes from Haverfordwest.

Prices from: £26 per night, touring pitch

9. Skegness, Lincolnshire

9. Skegness Birchwood

Skegness is a seaside town in the East Lindsey District of Lincolnshire, offering lots of family-friendly attractions.

Hidden gem: In a countryside setting but only two miles from Skegness, Birchwood Fishing and Camping offers fishing on a large lake in the lovely Lincolnshire countryside.

Prices from: £8 per night, tent pitch

10. Chester, Cheshire

10. Kings Acre Chester

Arguably the richest city in Britain for archaeological and architectural treasures, Chester boasts the most complete city walls, the oldest racecourse and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in the UK.

Hidden gem: Kings Acre Glamping is deep in the Cheshire countryside, yet only 10 minutes’ drive from Chester. Barbecues are allowed, with firepits and professional pizza ovens available to hire.

Prices from: £25 per night, tent pitch

And for those looking to get away on a camping trip, experts at ATS Euromaster have compiled a list of five things to do to your car before setting off on a camping holiday:

  1. Check your tyre pressure and tread depth – make sure it is at the recommended depth. The legal limit is at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre.
  2. Make sure you have a spare tyre and that you know how to change it. You don’t want to get stuck in the middle of the English countryside with no phone signal and a flat tyre.
  3. Check your engine oil and vehicle coolant levels and fill up if needs be.
  4. Ensure that your battery is not going to run flat while you are on your trip. If your engine seems slow to turn over or your lights are flashing, it may be running low.
  5. Check your windscreen for cracks and ensure that wiper blades are functioning properly.
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Death of a child in Crymych being investigated by police

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POLICE officers in Pembrokeshire have confirmed they are investigating death of a child at an address in the Crymych area on Sunday evening (Aug 7).

The police told The Pembrokeshire Herald they are not treating the death as suspicious.

A spokesperson from Dyfed-Powys Police said the following: “Our thoughts are with the family who are receiving support from specialist officers.

“HM Coroner has been informed.”

The Welsh Ambulance Service along with the Wales Air Ambulance, attended to the incident.

A Wales Air Ambulance spokesperson said: “We had two helicopters in attendance and that we arrived on scene at 6.13pm and our involvement concluded at 7.17pm.”

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson told this newspaper: “We were called on Sunday, August 7, at 5.29pm to reports of an incident near Crymych.

“We sent a community first responder, two emergency ambulances and a rapid response vehicle to the scene, where we were supported by the Wales Air Ambulance.”

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Milford Waterfront hosts successful Street Food Festival

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Biscoff waffle

AFTER a necessary two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, Street Food Festival returned to Milford Waterfront over the weekend (August 5-7) with a variety of outstanding street food traders.

In partnership with Street Food Warehouse, specialists in hosting food events around Wales and the South West,  the event offered an epic weekend of mouth-watering food from local, regional and national talents in the street food arena.

The glorious weather and delicious food guaranteed a wonderful weekend for the whole family.

There were dishes and cuisines from all over the world to sample, with something for everyone from North African to Mexican, fresh local seafood, sweet treats and drinks.

Vegan skin-on-fries from Canoodle

The festival hosted 20 of the country’s top street food traders, including authentic paella from The Spanish Buffet; wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas from Bare Bones Pizza; classic, oozing mac and cheese from Mac Man; Korean fried chicken, aromatic Thai curries and other pan-Asian favourites from Canoodle; and melt-in-the-mouth halloumi fries from Clark’s Kitchen. 

All allergies and dietary requirements were catered for with dairy and gluten free options, plus vegetarian and vegan treats available too. 

To wash down all the good food, the team from Freedom Brewery served refreshing craft beers, while the Pop Up Bar Hire Co provided other refreshments from soft drinks to prosecco and a selection of summery cocktails.

As a sweet treat, there were several stands selling a range of desserts, such as brownies, turkish delights and the incredibly popular – waffle on a stick. 

Street Food Festival also included a variety of options for those with allergies and dietary restrictions meaning everyone was able to have a great time. 

Everyone who attended the event had a wonderful experience – eating mouth-watering food from around the world, sipping refreshing cold drinks, and relaxing in the sun on the Waterfront. 

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