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Councillor Rob Lewis and youth worker Nick Hudd, together with members of the emergency services: With the young drivers that attended the workshop

Councillor Rob Lewis and youth worker Nick Hudd, together with members of the emergency services: With the young drivers that attended the workshop

A HARD-HITTING, live action crash scene, aimed to show the effects of dangerous driving, has been played out to youngsters in Milford Haven.

The realistic simulation called ‘Get Smashed’ took place at Milford Haven Youth Centre. It’s the fourth time the multi-agency event, held in conjunction with the fire service, police and ambulance service, has taken place in the town.

Over time, the message has evolved to be as realistic and graphic as possible, with feedback from previous events showing this to be the most effective way of getting through to new, or soon to be new, drivers.

Statistically, young drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident with inexperience and high speeds often a factor.

Statistics in Pembrokeshire show that over the past five years:

25 young people were killed or seriously injured.

The 16-24 age group account for 20% of all fatalities, 28% of all serious casualties and 28% of all slight casualties during this period.

Over a quarter of all personal injury RTCs in the last five years involve a young person (aged 16-24 years).

Over 380 young people were injured in a car, 120 of whom were passengers.

One in four collisions involve a young male driver.

Get Smashed aims to buck that trend, says Community Youth Worker for Pembrokeshire County Council Nick Hudd, who organised the event alongside partner organisation Milford Youth Matters.

“We use real life scenarios based on incidents that have happened in Pembrokeshire,” he said. “Those attending are able to relate to it better and we find it’s more effective.”

The day starts with attendees being shown a video called ‘Could you live with yourself?’ that reflects on the fatal crash in 2006 of motorcycle passenger Karen Boulcott.

In the video, her husband, Dr Mark Boulcott, who was steering the bike when it was hit, describes the timeline of events before, during and after the crash.

“It’s a poignant film in that it occurred because a car being driven by a young driver struck them and this is our target audience,” added Nick.

“It really hits home.

“Following this, a real life scenario is played out where the emergency services attend a collision between two cars and cut out its occupants.

“It’s a sensory experience involving dramatic sights, smells and sounds and it really hits home.

“The youngsters see windows smashed, doors cut off and people stretchered away and although the victims are played by actors from Pembrokeshire College, the attendees are visibly moved.”

Cabinet member for Transportation, Cllr Rob Lewis, believes it’s a vital event on the calendar.

“This event hits hard and that’s the intention. We want the youngsters to see the effects that speed can have when driving.

“They see the damage it can cause and how the trauma victims and their relatives suffer.

“It’s a powerful scene to take in.

“One fatality on our roads is too many and if this course can help the youngsters understand the consequence of their actions, then it’s an event that is here to stay.”

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Salvage Hunters: New series is filming in Pembrokeshire, and they need help



SALVAGE HUNTERS, the well-loved and most watched Quest TV and Discovery Network show, is on the hunt for locations to film at in the Pembrokeshire and the wider South West Wales area to feature in the upcoming series.

We follow decorative antiques expert Drew Pritchard as he travels around various locations in the UK and abroad on his quest to find and buy unusual objects with an interesting history.

Drew really visits everywhere – beautiful estates, old family businesses, barns and attic’s stuffed full of unwanted things, museums, factories, collectors and iconic religious sites buying all sorts along the way – from gorgeous country house furniture and railwayana to 6ft 1980s disco balls and anything in-between.

Now in its sixteenth series and airing to over half a million people in the UK and millions more worldwide, this is a great opportunity for you to promote your business or home to a broad audience, sell a few items that perhaps you no longer need, make some money and celebrate the history and heritage of the UK.

If you think you fit the bill or know somebody that might then please do not hesitate to reach out and speak with a member of our team.

Call us on 0203 179 0092 or alternatively send us an email to –

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Fishguard and Goodwick Mural project turns to Crowdfunder to raise money



PLANS to put up a few bright and decorative murals around the twin towns of Fishguard & Goodwick have turned to Crowdfunder to raise the money needed for their vision.

Andrew Harries, found of the Fishguard Future Projects, wants to place 12 murals around Fishguard and Goodwick “to help brighten up the town and showcase its culture and history”.

Andrew said: “Having been born and raised in Fishguard, I have seen the town’s highs and lows.

“Fishguard and Goodwick has a lot of potential with the tourism trade growing every year and the popular events such as the Music Festivals, The New Years Eve Street Party, The Carnival, The Soapbox Derby and many more helping attract even more visitors.”

The murals, which were initially turned down for funding when a grant application was refused, will focus on the two towns “interesting but lesser known history” that Andrew feels needs to be highlighted.

Andrew told The Herald: “Each design will be 8 x 6ft and mounted professionally on buildings around the area. Having spoken to a few business owners around the town, this project has received a lot of positive feedback.”

“The murals will unfortunately need to be fully funded via Crowdfunder, after a grant application was turned down.

“I have explored the option of having them traditionally painted on, but this would be more cost effective and would need to be maintained every 5 – 8 years. With this in mind, the designs will be created digitally and then professionally mounted on aluminium composite.”

If you want to help, you can find the link to Andrew’s Crowdfunder here.

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Drive for new recruits as Army Cadets re-open



DYFED AND GLAMORGAN ARMY CADET FORCE are now able to accept new joiners aged 12 (and in Year 8 at School) to 17 years old.

Joining the Army Cadets will give access to a wide range of exciting activities, from adventurous training (AT) such as kayaking, mountain biking and abseiling and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to military-themed activities including shooting, fieldcraft and skill at arms, as well as training in first aid, young adults get the chance to discover lots of new experiences and make new friends.  

There is no obligation to join the Forces at all, but they can give some guidance if you are interested.  

There are no subscription charges, uniform is issued free on a loan basis; the only thing you need to supply yourselves is Boots.  

The Cadet Force are also looking for adult volunteers, both uniformed and non-uniformed to assist as well.

They have Detachments located in Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Narberth, Tenby, Milford Haven, Neyland, Pembroke Dock, Tenby, St Clears, Llanelli, Trimsarren and Burry Port.

Most Detachments parade twice a week in the evenings 1900 – 2100hrs on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday (Depending on Location) and try to get away for a weekend every month as well as organising summer camps. 

Further Information is available at :- or call them on 01656 657593 (Option 1) to find out where your local detachment is and what nights they Parade.

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