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Boathouse appeal success

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Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 09.37.57RNLI volunteers at St Davids are ecstatic after an appeal to raise funds toward their new lifeboat station has exceeded all expectations. On February 24 the RNLI closed the appeal and announced it had raised over £214,000.

The community arm of the appeal towards the modern boathouse was launched in July 2014 by Welsh sporting legends Ian Welsh and Gerald Davies. The total cost of the construction project will be in the region of £10m.

Funds came pouring in towards the appeal, after Wales international footballer Ian and international rugby great Gerald, highlighted the fact the volunteer crew needed a new home for their new £2.7m Tamar class lifeboat.

Gerald and wife Cilla were instrumental in gaining support for the appeal, and Ian and daughter Amy, organised a golf day which raised a fantastic £10,000.

The biggest bequest – a surprise £80,000 donation was made in memory of Captain Bleddyn James, a local man who knew from personal experience the importance of respecting the water. The generous donation was made by Miss Ella James in memory of her brother Captain James, who passed away in July 2013 at the age of 91.

Special thanks has also been given to William Chadwick from Abergavenny who volunteered as auctioneer during a fundraiser in November last year. RNLI fundraising branches also pulled out all the stops with Cardiff, Usk, Harrow Branch, Crew and Nantwich all helping to reach the ambitious target.

The new lifeboat Norah Wortley, is already saving lives off the Pembrokeshire coast operating from a temporary mooring in Ramsey Sound. The new lifeboat is expected to move into her new home during the Autumn.

The boathouse project, which is well underway, includes a new RNLI Lifeboat station and slipway for the Tamar-class lifeboat with additional space to accommodate the smaller D-class inshore lifeboat. The boathouse will include modern facilities, including a drying room for kit and better provision from crew training and equipment maintenance.

There will be better access to the new station which is important for the delivery of equipment and, more importantly, for the evacuation of any casualties brought in by the lifeboat.

Jen Abell, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager said: “Our fundraising appeal at St Davids has exceeded all expectations. Thanks to the generosity of a community fundraising appeal towards the new £9.5M St Davids Lifeboat Station, we are delighted to announce how well the appeal has gone.”

She continued: “We have been overwhelmed by support from the public and would like to thank everyone who has given so very generously to provide our volunteer crew with this modern new facility.”

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Styling their way to the top

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(Left to right) Level 2 - Festival theme - work by Holly Mathias and Celebration of Colour - Level 2 and 3 – work by Leah Rees

FOUR hairdressing learners: Holly Mathias, Jenna Kilgallon, Helaina Thomas and Leah Rees, recently earned themselves a place in the next stage of the Concept Hair Magazine Learner of the Year Competition.

The candidates were invited into the College to show their fully presented entries as evidence and then submitted them remotely to the Concept Hair Magazine judges in December.

The categories for the competition were: Festival Hair, Red Carpet, Old School Barbershop, Celebration of Colour and Safari.

The unique styles allowed the learners to show off their creative hair styling skills from plaits to updos, to bold colour creations.

Charlotte Jones, Hairdressing lecturer was over the moon with the learners’ success; “We were all so impressed with the creativity, dedication and enthusiasm of all the students who took part in the competition. Also, the students who supported the entries during the day and the models who gave up their time to be involved. They should all be very proud of what they have achieved. The results were amazing!”

The students worked to COVID regulations ensuring all the correct PPE and procedures were followed.

Finalist, Holly Mathias entered three categories which included; Styling Level 2 – Festival Theme, Hair Up Level 2 – Red Carpet and Avant Garde – Safari.

Holly shared her experience; “Taking part in the Concept Hair competition, has really boosted my confidence and proved that hard work really does pay off. The support from the staff at Pembrokeshire College is outstanding. I would recommend everyone to take part in this competition as not only is it an amazing experience, but it really allows you to think outside the box and be as creative as you can! I would 100% take part in this competition again.”

Holly plans to go into full-time employment when she completes her course and hopes to one day work on cruise ships or even own her own salon.

The next stage involves the candidates submitting photographic entries on the 12th March where six will be shortlisted for the national finals which is set to take place virtually in April.

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Environmental projects supported by Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund

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PROJECTS involving worm composting, community planting and solar panels were just some of the projects that recently received support from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.

More than £140,000 was awarded to eight projects at the committee’s January meeting with the next deadline for applications set for 12 noon on 23 March.

Clynfyw Care Farm was successful with an application for a vermicomposting project, which will create a quality rich sustainable compost that can be used to improve soil conditions organically. This will support local vegetable producers and sequestrate carbon in the process.

The Newport Area Environment Group will receive funding to lead a community planting project promoting decarbonisation through biodiversity.

Cwm Arian Renewable Energy secured financial support to research a Pembrokeshire-wide Energy Efficiency program, with the aim of reducing energy use and tackling fuel poverty by increasing and normalising the uptake of low carbon life choices.

Funding for photovoltaic (PV) panels was agreed for projects submitted by Herbrandston Sports and Recreation Association, South Ridgeway Community Association, Neuadd Gymuned Bwlchygroes Community Hall, Ramsey Island Nature resort and Visitor Centre, and Crymych Rugby club, who all received funding to help harness solar energy.

Directors from Clynfyw Care Farm said: “Thanks to funding from SDF, this worm composting project will be a useful tool for engaging with people, reducing CO2 and teaching a simple sustainable process with important stages in a safe, supported environment. Once established, vermicompost will be available for purchase in local outlets, providing an environmentally-friendly alternative for local growers.”

Applications for funding are encouraged from not for profit groups, including village halls, community councils and environmental groups in the county who have a project that will contribute towards a reduction in carbon and help respond to the climate emergency.

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Council: Despite a rise Pembrokeshire still has lowest council tax in Wales

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCILLORS have voted to back a recommendation of a 3.75 percent increase in Council Tax for the coming year.

The increase equates to an extra 82p per week for Band D properties.

Pembrokeshire will still have the lowest Council Tax in Wales with Pembrokeshire Band D Council Tax payers paying £214.11, or £4.11 per week, less than the average across the country.

Cllr Bob Kilmister, the Cabinet Member for Finance, said the increase had been reduced from a proposed 5 per cent to 3.75 per cent to reduce the impact on Council Tax payers.

Introducing the budget to members, Cllr Kilmister said to go for a figure below 3.75 per cent would inevitably lead to much higher rises in future years.

Falling below 3.75 per cent would also lead to cuts in Council services, Cllr Kilmister said.

He added: “A reduction in services and staff numbers will affect the poorest in our communities the most. I believe we have a duty to these people.”

Councillors also voted for Council house rents to be increased by 1.5% for the coming year plus increases of up to 50p per week where properties are not at target rent levels.

The votes were taken at the full meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council held on Thursday, March 4.

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