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Youth choir joins BBC National Orchestra of Wales



youth choirIT’S NOT only Santa visiting Pembrokeshire this year – BBC National Orchestra of Wales will also be on hand to bring the spirit of the season to families in Haverfordwest.

The Orchestra will have plenty of festive treats in their two concerts at Sir Thomas Picton School, Haverfordwest on Saturday 21 December, 3pm and 7pm.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales will be joined by members of Pembrokeshire Youth Choir for two concerts packed full of Christmas crackers and festive favourites – performed just a few miles from Welsh conductor Grant Llewellyn’s home town of Tenby.

There will be plenty of seasonal surprises along the way, and a wide variety of music for all the family. Helping to conjure the magic of Christmas, the Orchestra will perform music including highlights from two of Tchaikovsky’s most popular ballets – The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.

There’s also a trip down memory lane with music from the popular 1990 film Home Alone – where Hollywood’s favourite composer, John Williams, brings to life the fun-filled antics of eight-year-old Kevin McCallister.

Audiences will have an opportunity to join in with the merry music-making, as everyone will be invited to sing along with a medley of favourite Christmas songs! As the concert closes, the sleigh bells will come out as the Orchestra performs Leroy Anderson’s Christmas classic – Sleigh Ride.

Returning to Wales to lead the Orchestra, conductor Grant Llewellyn is looking forward these family concerts:

“I always love coming home to Wales at Christmas – and these events are the perfect start to anyone’s festive season.

“It’s certainly a chance for the Orchestra to let their hair down and get into the Christmas spirit, and I’m sure there will be plenty of surprises along the way. I hope you can join us– and we hope you’ll be in fine voice for a rousing sing-a-long!”

Booking Information

Tickets for the Orchestra’s Christmas concerts can be booked by calling the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line on 0800 052 1812.

Family tickets for these concerts are priced at just £12.50 for 1 adult and up to 2 children; and £18 for 2 adults and up to 4 children.

Single tickets are also available, priced at £15 (with concessions available).

For more information about the Orchestra, visit

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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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