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Big day for Youth Opportunities Competitions

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eleri bunnLAST week saw the start of the annual programme of Youth Opportunities Competitions run by the Rotary Club of Narberth & Whitland with the first rounds of both the Young Chef and Youth Speaks competitions being held. The first was the Young Chef Competition held at Ysgol Dyffryn Taf by kind permission of the Headmaster Mr Robert Newsome, during the afternoon. The second was the first round of the Youth Speaks Competition, which is a debating and public speaking competition run for pupils at secondary schools, which was held at the Plas Hyfryd Hotel, Narberth.

The two secondary schools in the Narberth & Whitland Rotarty Club’s catchment area are Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, Whitland; and Ysgol Preseli, Crymych,. The two judges for the Young Chef Competition, Mr Bill Cotton and Mr Bruce Guy commented that over the fourteen years that they had been judging this competition, that this one was by far of the highest standard and that they had found it very difficult indeed to pick a winner from such talented young chefs. The cooking, presentation and taste of all the wonderful dishes produced was superb.

After some very difficult judging they announced that the winner was Eleri Bunn from Ysgol Preseli. The other participants, who all received high praise from the judges were – Rhian Cook, Nia James from Ysgol PreselI, and Katie Reynolds from Dyffryn Taf. The Rotary Club is very grateful to all those taking part, and particularly to the sponsors Lolfa Cynin of Lleti Cynin Leisure Centre at St Clears represented by Hari Stephenson.

Mr Rob Elward is the organiser of all the Rotary Club Youth Opportunies Competitions throughout the year. Eleri will now compete at the next round of the competition which includes all secondary schools from Pembrokeshire. If she is successful there she will have the opportunity to compete in the South Wales District Final, and then hopefully onwards to a UK Regional Final; and eventually to the big one which is the UK final which includes Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Youth Speaks competition was held in the evening of the same day at the Plas Hyfryd Hotel in Narberth. This competition is split into two halves; one for younger pupils, the Intermediate Age Group for pupils under 14; and the other the Senior Age Group for pupils under 18. There were two teams taking part in each category. The Rotary Club are extremely grateful to the three judges for giving of their valuable time and expertise.

They were Richard Cole, Nan Llewellin and Merion Morse. Once again the standard of debate was very high giving the judges a very difficult task in reaching a decision. After giving some valuable feedback to each individual participant the judges announced that the winning team for the Intermediate Category were Team 2 from Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, Whitland; and the winners of the Senior Age Group Category were Team 1, also from Ysgol Dyffryn Taf. The next two Youth Opportunities Competitions, for Young Photographer and Young Writer, will be held early next year.

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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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