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(L-R) Councillor Rob Lewis, ADI Mike Hughes, PCC Road Safety Officer Kirstie-Anne Donoghue and ADI Mark Jempson: With Dorothy Hill, who won a £50 cash prize after filling in a questionnaire

(L-R) Councillor Rob Lewis, ADI Mike Hughes, PCC Road Safety Officer Kirstie-Anne Donoghue and ADI Mark Jempson: With Dorothy Hill, who won a £50 cash prize after filling in a questionnaire

ARE YOU over the age of 65 and feel like you need to brush up your driving skills? Pembrokeshire County Council’s ‘Drive for Life’ course may be the perfect thing for you.

Experienced motorists aged 65+ can brush up their driving skills on a free one day refresher course, which takes place once a month at Haverfordwest Fire Station.

Aiming to provide experienced drivers who are driving regularly with an overall update on all aspects of safe driving, this is a perfect course for those who want to improve their driving.

The day is split into two parts, the first is a theory based classroom session followed by a practical session with an approved driving instructor.

The theory sessions covers topics such as:

  • The Highway Code
  • Motorway driving
  • High Risk area’s (Junctions and roundabouts)
  • Health and mobility issues
  • Seasonal driving
  • Road Signs
  • Defensive driving/hazard awareness
  • DVLA and Driving Licence information

The practical session involves individuals sharing the instructors’ vehicle with another candidate and covering aspects of driving they wish to refresh, such as parallel parking or roundabouts and general safer driving techniques.

Attendees are then invited to evaluate the course via a questionnaire six to 12 months later. Those that do are entered into a prize draw.

Miss Dorothy Hill from Milford Haven was the latest winner and she believes going on the course has done wonders for her driving.

She said: “The refresher course was very enjoyable and worthwhile, it’s certainly given a boost to my confidence and my observations have increased. I’m more comfortable around roundabouts as a result.”

Cabinet spokesman for Transportation and Major Events, Councillor Rob Lewis, believes all experienced drivers can benefit from the refresher.

He commented: “The beauty of the Drive for Life Course is that people are not assessed on how they drive, it’s there to boost their confidence and offer advice on whatever aspect of driving they like. I’d recommend it to all drivers over the age of 65.”

For more information regarding the course or to book a place please contact the Road safety Team on 01437 775144

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it is this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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Warrant without bail issued for Milford Haven man who failed to attend court

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A WARRANT without bail has been issued for a Milford Haven man who failed to appear in court yesterday.

Gareth James Mann, 45, of Bunkers Hill was stopped in his VW Golf on October 31, 2020 in Milford Haven.

Mann is accused of driving without a licence, insurance, under the influence of cocaine and whilst in possession of an ounce of cannabis.

Police are now instructed to find Mann, arrest him and bring him before the courts.

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