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Storms uncover ancient forest

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ancient forestA FOREST frequented by hunter gatherers up to 10,000 years ago has been uncovered during storms at Newgale in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Archaeologists from the National Park Authority have been working with colleagues from Pembrokeshire County Council to protect the remains of the forest as part of the clean-up operation.

Storms battered the Pembrokeshire Coast last week and Newgale was one of the most badly affected parts of the National Park.

The pebble bank sea defence was pushed back across the road, making it impassable, but when the stormy weather had died down, the forest remains were revealed on the beach.

The National Park Authority’s Culture and Heritage Manager Phil Bennett said: “We’ve known of the existence of this forest for many years but I, for one, have never seen it so close to the road.

“The storms and high seas have pushed the pebble bank back and scoured the sand, exposing the remains of this woodland. We have been able to identify some recognizable timbers from the Mesolithic period.

“Ten thousand years ago this woodland area would have been visited by hunter gatherer bands from time to time, looking for game and collecting edible plants, nuts and berries as these resources became available during the year.”

Pembrokeshire County Council officers have been working to clear away the debris after the storms and reopen the only road through Newgale.

National Park Archaeologist Pete Crane visited the site during the clean up to advise the council as they restored the pebble bank on top of the extremely fragile remains.

The Council are covering the most vulnerable parts of the submerged forests with pebbles to preserve them, as extended exposure to the sun will dry them out and they will be lost.

Phil added: “It’s really important that people are aware of how fragile these remains are and understand that unless we protect them they will be gone forever.”

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Youth set to appear in court over serious sexual offences

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A 19-YEAR-OLD MAN from Milford Haven, will appear in court charged with a string of serious sexual offences.

Nathan John, of Richard John Road, Milford Haven, will face the bench at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court later today (Jul 12), accused of committing multiple crimes on October 2, 2022.

The court will be told that John is accused committing two counts of rape. Additionally, the defendant is accused of committing sexual assault, and causing a female over 13 to engage in penetrative sexual activity against her will.

The court also heard that John created indecent photographs of children and possessed extreme pornographic images featuring animals.

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10-mile trek raises £1,000 for stroke unit

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A TEAM of 18 from CARA Wales took on a 10-mile trek and raised £1,000 for the Stroke Ward at Withybush Hospital.

The team from CARA Wales, an agricultural and rural consultancy and advice organisation, walked across the Preseli Mountains from Foel Drygan to Foel Eryr on 17th June 2023.

Mererid Sandbrook, who works for CARA Wales, said: “The walk started in Crymych and continued along the Golden Road up to Foel Eryr, the highest point of Preseli Mountain. It was a really enjoyable day.

“We were all really pleased to have raised such a great amount of money. We would like to thank everyone who donated money towards our challenge.”

They also raised £1,000 for Stroke Association.

Nicola Llewelyn, Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to CARA Wales for taking on the 10-mile trek in aid of the Stroke Ward.

“The support of our local communities enables us to provide services over and above what the NHS can provide in the three counties of Hywel Dda and we are extremely grateful for every donation we receive.”

Your donations are making a positive difference to the health, wellbeing and experience of NHS patients, service users and staff. For more details about the charity and how you can help support local NHS patients and staff, go to www.hywelddahealthcharities.org.uk

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Calls for help over VHF radio may have been a hoax, say RNLI

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THE ANGLE All-Weather Lifeboat was requested to launch on service at 10:23am this morning, Monday (July 22).

Following a call to the Coastguard from Milford Haven VTS, the crew were tasked after the VTS operators overheard a female voice calling for help on VHF channel 12.

After narrowing down the transmission to having been received on the Pembroke aerial site, the crew were requested to conduct a search.

Launching at 10:30am, the lifeboat made best speed to the moorings at Hazelbeach, and a hasty search was requested by the Coastguard of any moored vessels. The crew began making their way amongst the moorings, heading up to the moorings off Neyland. With nothing untoward sighted, the crew proceeded to search the moorings off Hobbs Point, Barnlake Point, Burton, Llanion and Rudders Boat Yard.

With nothing found, the Coastguard requested that the crew continue their search up river to Picton Point. The lifeboat continued searching up the western shore encompassing Llangwm before altering course just past Landshipping and searching the eastern shore back down the river, calling in to Lawrenny on the way to check any vessels moored there.

The RNLI said that the search continued back down as far as the Cleddau Bridge.

On Facebook the organisation posted :”Following a thorough visual, communications and radar search the crew were subsequently stood down when no further information or calls had been received.

“The tasking was therefore deemed to be a hoax call.

“The lifeboat was back alongside and readied for further service by 1pm.”

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