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​​Tenby Lifeboats rich history celebrated in new book

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Lifeboat book launch

Book launch: Crew and volunteers with author Trevor Barrett aboard Haydn Miller

WEDNESDAY (Mar 2) saw the launch of a different kind at Tenby Lifeboat Station, as instead of the Haydn Miller heading down the slipway, a new book was launched which celebrates the rich history of the institution in the town, charting the stories of dramatic rescues from across two centuries.

It was a double celebration for the station, as well as releasing the new book, which has been written by local writer Trevor Barrett, the crew were also toasting the tenth anniversary of the arrival of the Tamar class lifeboat Haydn Miller (the most advanced in the world at that time), which arrived to take up duties in the innovative new £5.8 million boathouse and visitor centre which was custom-built to accommodate her.

The new book has been commissioned and published by the RNLI and is available for just £5.95 from the station’s shop during the normal opening hours.
The book is superbly illustrated with archive photographs dating back to the 18th century and many new photos, including some taken during actual rescues. It has been incredibly well researched by author Trevor Barrett, who painstakingly went through hundreds of old archives that are documented in the town’s museum to give dramatic recollections of events from the past.

“It really was fascinating to witness first hand all these old documents charting the real life action and heroism of people from past,” said Trevor.
“It must have been so difficult to acquire all the information and then ever so carefully catalogue it using only a quill and ink. The history of the station really was alive in front of my eyes, with blotches of ink scarring the paper during the tricky operation.

“Now of course it is much easier to document a rescue with the advent of computers, but all that aside it really is a fantastic institution and the volunteer crew, both past and present do a sterling job in keeping our coast safe.

“I must thank Tenby Museum for their help and for letting me access the archives, and also all the people I spoke too who gave me such vivid recollections of rescues from the past.”

The story of Tenby Lifeboats 1835 to the present day is a tribute to all those volunteers who have served the station and who to date have saved more than 900 lives. In addition to describing some of the most harrowing (and sometimes tragic) shouts in Tenby RNLI history, the book also recalls many lighter moments, such as the day when Gustav, a stuffed toy cat, miraculously gave birth to two toy kittens aboard Haydn Miller!

Those who attended the launch were able to chat to the crew members and get their copies signed by both the author and crew members alike. The book is priced at £5.95 and will be on sale during the launch event and then from the station shop during its normal opening hours.

Lifeboat - Author Trevor Barrett signs copies

Personalised copy: Trevor Barrett signed copies for those who attended

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Appointment of new canons to St Davids Cathedral

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THE DEAN of St Davids has expressed delight that the Bishop of St Davids has appointed four new Canons for the Cathedral.

The Very Revd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones said, ‘I am so pleased to welcome the Revd Gareth Reid, the Revd Julian Smith and the Revd Marcus Zipperlen as Canons and members of Dean and Chapter, together with the Revd Richard Davies as Honorary Canon. They bring a considerable breadth and depth of long experience that will contribute greatly to the life of the Cathedral and its wider family.’

The Revd Gareth Reid is no stranger to the Cathedral. After growing up and attending university in Aberystwyth, then working with the Salvation Army in Swansea prison, he pursued theological training. Following his ordination in 2010, his first role was as Assistant Curate in the Cathedral and the wider group of churches that then formed the Rectorial Benefice of Dewisland. In 2013 he moved with his wife Abby and daughters Sophie and Elizabeth to Llandysul. ‘It is wonderful to be able to accept the invitation to renew my link with the Cathedral, now as a Canon’ said Gareth.  

The Revd Julian Smith was ordained in 1993, and has spent all his ministry in the Diocese of St Davids, in the Archdeaconry of Cardigan. For twenty-seven of those years, he has served churches in and around Llanrhystud. He and his wife Deborah, a domiciliary care worker, have three children, Daniel an organist, Nick a tuba player and waiter, and Edith a singer and dancer on the high seas! Responding to his appointment, Julian said ‘I felt honoured to be asked by the Bishop to be a Canon of St Davids Cathedral, and am very much looking forward to this new adventure.’

Originally from Bexhill on the south coast of England, the Revd Marcus Zipperlen moved to Wales nineteen years ago to work at the Centre for Alternative Technology, running their Biology Department and teaching sustainable water treatment and sanitation, following a degree in Environmental Science. Ordained in 2013, he now lives in Llangwm with his wife Polly, a nurse, and their two teenage boys, Sonny and Malachy. In their spare time he and Polly row Celtic longboats from Neyland and run occasional distance events. Marcus looks after four mostly rural parishes south of Haverfordwest, and is also the Sustainability Officer for the Diocese. ‘I feel blessed to be able to be able to weave both my “callings” together: ministry to people and caring for the Earth’ he said, adding ‘I hope these may be of benefit to the Cathedral, as I serve as a member of Chapter.’

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Renewed partnership safeguards access and conservation at Castlemartin

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A NEW agreement has been made to provide continued funding for a Ranger Service on the Military Ranges of South Pembrokeshire.

Senior leaders and staff from Natural Resources Wales (NRW), the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority met recently at the Castlemartin Range to renew their longstanding partnership, which ensures safe and sustainable access and recreational opportunities for the public, while safeguarding the area’s unique and rare wildlife which thrives alongside military training.

Those attending the meeting, which was hosted by Lt Col Richard Pope and Major John Poole, were able to experience this for themselves at Stack Rocks, where the colonies of razorbills and guillemots are gathering at the start of the breeding season.

Current Castlemartin Ranger, Lynne Houlston, explains: “This role is not only vital in ensuring that the area remains accessible to the public when military use allows, but also that the many rare and special plants, birds and animals of the Range are safeguarded.”

These include chough, marsh fritillary butterflies, grey seals, green winged orchids and spectacular colonies of seabirds, especially during the breeding season.

Part of Lynne’s role is to ensure that people can visit and use the Ranges for activities like climbing while ensuring that they do not disturb the nesting sites of these protected species.

Clare Pillman, Chief Executive of NRW said: “Working with our partners to ensure this role and partnership agreement continues is so important to us at Natural Resources Wales. The conservation of the many special species found at Castlemartin Range is vital to ensure their sustainability in the future. The Ranger role enables this to happen alongside allowing visitors to enjoy the beautiful landscape for recreational purposes, which has benefits for wellbeing and allows nature and people to thrive together.”

Chief Executive of the Park Authority, Tegryn Jones, said: “We are delighted to welcome the renewal of this important partnership. The Castlemartin Range offers some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in Wales, and it’s vital that we ensure this can be enjoyed by visitors in a way that protects its special wildlife. The Ranger plays a crucial role in achieving this balance, and this renewed commitment will ensure that the Castlemartin Range can continue to be a place where people and nature thrive.”

DIO Principal Environmental Manager, Richard Brooks said: “DIO is delighted to be joining NRW and PCNPA in signing the next iteration of this important partnership. Lynne has been in post for 21 years and, supported by a Seasonal Ranger, has clearly demonstrated the key benefits of this joint funded Ranger Service. The role plays a key part in the successful integration of public access, wildlife management and monitoring and military training and activity”.

Several guided walks taking in the history, wildlife and archaeology of the Castlemartin Range are planned for the summer months. To find out more and book a place, visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/events.

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Long Course Weekend road closures

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THE LONG Course Weekend returns to south Pembrokeshire this weekend with some road disruption anticipated.

A number of roads around the wider Tenby area will be closed or closed one way during the Wales Sportive on Saturday, 22nd June.

The A40 and A477 are not closed for the event.

The A478 Narberth to Kilgetty is also fully open

The event, as last year, will be based at The Salterns car park – this has removed road closure restriction from Tenby town centre

There are also road closures planned around Tenby to Pembroke during the Wales Marathon on Sunday, 23rd June. These road closures are on a rolling programme between 9.30am and 4pm.

Full and updated details are available on the Long Course Weekend website.

Spectators are reminded that dog restrictions at North Beach remain in place.

Further information for careers needing access to their clients in the areas affected is also available online, with vehicle passes distributed by care organisation managers.

Changes to local bus services will be in place due to the Long Course Weekend road restrictions.

The South Pembs Fflecsi will run a limited services to some locations and delays are likely.

Saturday, 22nd June

351 (Tenby-Kilgetty-Amroth-Pendine) – NO SERVICE

381 (Haverfordwest-Narberth-Kilgetty-Saundersfoot-Tenby)– NO SERVICE

Tenby Coaster (Tenby-Saundersfoot) – NO SERVICE

349 (Haverfordwest-Neyland-Pembroke Dock-Pembroke-Tenby) – Unable to serve Pembroke Dock to Tenby until after 1pm.

356 (Milford Haven-Neyland-Pembroke Dock-Pembroke-Monkton) – Unable to serve Pembroke and Monkton until after 1pm

387/8 (Coastal Cruiser) – Unable to operate until 11am.

Sunday, 23rd June

387/8 (Coastal Cruiser) – NO SERVICE

Tenby Coaster (Tenby-Saundersfoot) – Will be rerouted along the A4218 (Broadwell Hayes) instead of Marsh Road and Heywood Lane.

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