Connect with us


An exciting year for Ysgol Glannau Gwaun



Sports Day: At Ysgol Glannau Gwaun

Sports Day: At Ysgol Glannau Gwaun

IT’S BEEN an exciting year for Ysgol Glannau Gwaun. 

The school is proud to have won the Pembrokeshire Eco Bronze and Silver Awards for its work carried out in the essential area of environmental awareness.

These awards follow the school’s achievement of the Silver Sustainable Schools certificate in 2015, thanks to the staff and pupils’ dedication to Eco-based areas.

These areas include transport, healthy living, littering, and the local environment and community. The pupils and staff also looked at the school and its uses.

They have undertaken thorough investigations and utilised IT to research their findings. With Mr Tim Owen as Co-ordinator, an Eco club was set up under the tuition of Mrs Bethan Homer.

Thanks go to Tom Latter, Deputy Chairman of the Governing Body, who has greatly helped the school and given an invaluable input. The school would also like to thank Mrs Janie Pridham and Mr Tim Brew for their support over the last two years.

The children were presented with the Pembrokeshire Eco Awards by Miss Kiri Howell, The Education Officer for Keep Wales Tidy. Ysgol Glannau Gwaun will now progress to the next stage in the Eco process, to try and achieve the Eco Green Flag.

Two sports days were held recently; one for the Foundation Phase and one for pupils in Key Stage Two. Support from the parents was fantastic during both events. A fun and friendly atmosphere was complemented by dry weather and a touch of competitiveness. Special thanks go to Mrs Helen McLoughlin, PE teacher and specialist, for her dedication to training the pupils for the events, and also to Mr Steffan Davies for his input as well.

The school would like to thank the Friends of Glannau Gwaun, who kindly provided refreshments for participants and spectators.

Congratulations to Huw Davies and Nia Jones for winning the Victor and Victrix Ludorum 2016.

Celebrating academic success is Holly Sinnot-Cleary from Year Six, who was recently awarded the Ysgol Glannau Gwaun Shield for maintaining a high standard of written and spoken Welsh. Her work carried out through the medium of Welsh has been fantastic. The school would like to wish Holly the best of luck at Ysgol Bro Gwaun.

As part of the school’s links with the community, WPC Helen Llewellyn had a lengthy discussion with senior pupils regarding the need to stay aware when faced with new and different scenarios and situations.

The pupils worked together in small groups with Mrs Bethan Homer following an IT presentation from Helen.

A night out under the stars was enjoyed this year by 84 pupils, accompanied by a large group of staff, including the Headteacher and Deputy.

The camp was set up in the school’s gated and fenced off playing field, to ensure complete safety for the children. The children and staff were unphased by the less than nice weather, and a singalong around the campfire with Mr Williams playing his guitar made the night one to remember for everyone involved.

A number of exciting trips also took place at Ysgol Glannau Gwaun this year.

Pupils were invited to see a famous reminder of 1979’s Last Invasion of Britain as part of their study of the local area.

Raymond and Valerie Llewlin are the owners of Bristgarn Farm, which is home to a peculiar grandfather clock.

During the invasion, one of the French soldiers became alarmed by the clock’s ticking noise, and fired his musket into it. The two bullet holes in the clock are still visible to this day.

Years One and Two of Reception enjoyed a very warm welcome from Folly Farm during their recent trip to the Welsh attraction, and the weather was fantastic too!

Thanks must go to the staff at Folly Farm for providing the children with wonderful memories of meeting all of the wonderful animals and wildlife.

A recent visit to Fishguard Harbor was also thoroughly enjoyed by pupils from Years One and Two.

The keen children had fun meeting the Lifeboat crew and trying on their rescue clothes.

This was followed by an interesting tour around the Stena ship and Captain’s Bridge.

The school would like to thank the Harbour staff for the patience and kindness. On the last day of term, Year Six pupils demonstrated a number of talents in front of a captivated audience, consisting of pupils, staff, parents and families.

Some of the exciting demonstrations included dancing, singing, playing the piano, martial arts skills and even a pet chicken!

Each pupil leaving was then presented with a personalised leaver’s hoodie and notebook from the Friends of Ysgol Glannau Gwaun. As a retirement gift, Mr Tim Owen was also given his own hoodie, which he greatly appreciated.

Finally, the pupils were thanked for their contributions to the school by the Headmaster, who wished them the best of luck in their futures.

The following staff left Glannau Gwaun at the end of term: Mrs Mari Jones, Deputy Headteacher; Mr Tim Owen, Teacher; Mrs Hefina Evans, LSA; Miss Helen Evans, LSA; Mr Paul Thomas, LSA; Mrs Roz Harries, LSA; and Mrs Susan MacLeod,

NNEB LSA. The Governing Body and entire school community wish them well.

Thanks also to teachers, Mrs Melody Griffiths, Mrs Claire Sommerville and Mrs Lydia Lawrence for their invaluable contributions. The School welcomes back next term Mrs Nicola Williams, Senior Teacher, and Miss Bethan Rees, who has been on secondment in the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Five people have been charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis and cocaine



FIVE people have appeared in court charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis and cocaine in Carmarthenshire.

On Wednesday, October 27, 2021 officers from Dyfed-Powys Police executed a warrant at a farm in Capel Dewi, Carmarthenshire, where they found firearms and large quantities of cannabis, cocaine and cash.

Stephen Paul Leyson, aged 54, of Capel Dewi, Carmarthen, was this week charged with possession of a firearm and conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs, while Lynne Ann Leyson, aged 51, and Samson Paul Leyson, aged 22, both of Capel Dewi, were charged with conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.

Andrew Leslie Jenkins, aged 50, of North Hill Road, Mount Pleasant, Swansea, was charged with conspiracy to supply class B drugs and Ritchie John Coleman, aged 32, of Vetch Close, Pembroke, was charged with supplying class B drugs and cannabis production.

All five appeared before Llanelli Magistrates Court yesterday, with Stephen Leyson, Jenkins and Coleman remanded into custody.

Lynne and Samson Leyson were granted bail with conditions.

They are next due to appear at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Continue Reading


Town council to help elderly with online banking as last bank in Tenby set to close



LOCALS in Tenby have been left reeling at this week’s news that the town’s HSBC branch is set to close next year.

The closure, announced on Thursday (Nov 30) will leave Tenby without any of the UK banks.

In recent years, Lloyds, NatWest and Santander have all left the town. Barclays has also just shut its doors for the last time, with the nearest branches being in Haverfordwest or Carmarthen.

The move comes as part of the latest round of closure, which will see 114 branches of the bank closed across the UK.

It follows 69 HSBC branches closing earlier this year and 82 HSBC branches closing last year.

Other HSBC branches closing in Wales include Abergavenny, Chepstow, Port Talbot, Pontypool, Brecon and a branch in Cardiff – Rhyd y Penau.

HSBC says its customer numbers have fallen rapidly since the pandemic and that some of the branches that are being shut now serve less than 250 customers a week.

Jackie Uhi, HSBC UK’s managing director of UK distribution, said: “People are changing the way they bank and footfall in many branches is at an all-time low, with no signs of it returning.

“Banking remotely is becoming the norm for the vast majority of us.

“Not only can we do it anywhere at any time of day or night, many more things can be done at the customers’ convenience and don’t rely on a branch visit.

Speaking to The Herald by telephone on Wednesday evening (Nov 30), Mayor of Tenby, Cllr. Sam Skyrme Blackhall said: “This is really bad for the town of Tenby, and it’s just very, very said. This is a case of where are banks going?

“We have always looked after our banks here in Tenby, and it feels like no one is looking after us. Its as if no one in the banks cares anymore.”

Pointing out the number of retired people living in the area, she said: “We have a lot of elderly people in town who do not use online banking, and depend on the branch being open.

“I am talking to the Post Office and other people with the aim of looking to the hub system, which is happening in other towns where they are also loosing their banks.

“Its very sad that we will losing another cash point. How is a busy town expected to function without a bank or cash points. Where do people go for money?

Asked if she thought it was possible that the branch would be saved, as Tenby HSBC was one of the few banks without a confirmed closure date, Cllr. Sam Skyrme Blackhall seemed to think that the decision had been firmly made. She said: “They have to give six months notice, so we could be looking at May or June 2023 for the closure.

“I don’t think the branch could be saved.

“Barclays officially finished the other week.

“Banks don’t care about residents and people don’t matter [to them] during these very worrying times.”

Town council is planning to offer struggling Tenby residents help with online banking from their offices, creating a kind of drop-in-service, The Herald has been told.

Like in any time of difficulty the people of Tenby will rally together as they always do, but no matter what is done in the face of the closure of the last bank in the historic town, nothing will fully replace traditional face-to-face banking services.

Tenby Mayor Cllr. Sam Skyrme Blackhall: These are sad times for Tenby
Continue Reading


Park Authority sponsorship boost for Boxing Day Swim’s belated half century



PEMBROKSEHIRE Coast National Park Authority says that it is delighted to be one of the main sponsors of this year’s Tenby Boxing Day Swim.

The popular event will mark its belated 50th anniversary this year, after Covid-19 enforced cancellations of the event in 2020 and 2021.

Chair of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Di Clements said: “The Authority is delighted to be helping this well-supported community event celebrate its half-century landmark, especially as the National Park celebrates its own notable 70-year milestone this year.

“We hope this support will help raise much needed funds for a range of local causes, recognise the efforts of the brave participants and link to the Authority’s wider winter of well-being support programme, helping communities across the Park to stay well this winter.”

Chairman of the Tenby Sea Swimming Association, Chris Osborne added: “The swim’s stunning location on Tenby’s North Beach calls for continuing collaboration between community events organisers, like Tenby Sea Swimming Association, and environmental custodians such as the Park Authority.

“These joint anniversaries, and this generous sponsorship for which we are very grateful, are a choice way of celebrating this partnership.”

The 2022 Tenby Boxing Day Swim is raising money for the Tenby Memory Café, the Dai Rees Foundation, Tenby RNLI and the Paul Sartori Foundation.

Swimmers are asked to register online and make a small donation to help cover the cost of organising the event, which will ensure more of the sponsorship money raised goes to the chosen good causes.

For further information, visit, or follow Tenby Boxing Day Swim on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


Caption: National Park Authority Chair, Cllr Di Clements with Tenby Sea Swimming Association Chairman, Chris Osborne.

Continue Reading

News2 days ago

Missing person appeal: Have you seen Eryl?

POLICE are looking for help with locating a missing woman from Pembroke. 68-year-old Eryl may be wearing jeans and a...

Business2 days ago

Pembs CBD UK’s first high street store partnered with medical cannabis clinic

THE PEMBROKESHIRE CBD CENTRE has become the first high street CBD company in the country to be in partnership with...

Business3 days ago

New facilities to support the growth of Celtic Sea FLOW take another step forward

LAND management works have begun at Pembroke Port signalling the start of another important phase in the £60 million Pembroke...

News4 days ago

Oriel y Parc Christmas Market to make a cracking comeback

SHOPPERS searching for homemade gifts and festive fun should make their way to St Davids on Saturday 3 December, for...

News6 days ago

Penally Camp and Firing Range to close, say Penally Community Council

PENALLY COMMUNITY COUNCIL says it has discovered that both Penally camp and firing range are to permanently close in the...

News1 week ago

Man arrested for sexual assault on female pupil outside Milford Haven school

A 29-YEAR-OLD fisherman has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old schoolgirl as she was leaving Milford Haven...

News1 week ago

Clean up underway in Hakin street following multi vehicle collision

POLICE, council workers and a specialist recovery company were in a Hakin street this morning clearing up following a road...

Education1 week ago

Young people’s equality and diversity debate held at County Hall

STUDENTS from all secondary schools in Pembrokeshire, including the Pembrokeshire Learning Centre, took part in a lively debate recently on...

News1 week ago

Welsh Guards join Pembrokeshire Music Service for Concert

YOUNG MUSICIANS in Pembrokeshire recently enjoyed a day rehearsing music with professional musicians from the Band of the Welsh Guards,...

Charity1 week ago

Rough Sleeper Support Scheme to extend help for rough sleepers throughout county

PEMBROKESHIRE CARE SOCIETY in partnership with Pembrokeshire County Council, has recently launched the Rough Sleeper Support Scheme to extend the...

Popular This Week