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Pembroke Town Walls Trust gets ‘Off the Wall’

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screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-12-34-20THE VINES family were practising last Saturday (Oct 29) for an unusual and unique event to be held in Pembroke on Saturday, November 19 at 12 noon. Local people of all ages will link hands around the entire medieval walled town to replicate the logo of the Pembroke Town Walls Trust, a crown of people holding hands.

Why? To celebrate Pembroke’s wonderful heritage reflected in the historic stone walls first built by William de Valance to surround and protect the town and its castle in the 13th century and to raise awareness of the walls both locally and nationally and the work that the Pembroke Town Walls Trust is doing towards their restoration.

So the Trust is inviting people – local, not so local, visitors, children, young people, parents, grandparents, absolutely anyone who would like to join in – to gather from 11.30am on the day for the ‘linking’ at 12 noon. At least 1,500 people are needed to provide a human circle all around the town – just 300 families like the Vines will do it!

Gather points will be the Commons Car Park, the South Quay, Barnard’s Tower area and the Foundry House car park. From there, stewards will tell people where to go and make sure that everyone is linked and to keep everyone safe.

The ‘linking’ will be preceded and followed by guided walks around the walls in the morning and afternoon – Phil Carradice leading a Norman Walk; the Pembroke Civic Trust leading a Town Trail, Pembroke Millponds Action Group leading a Nature Trail and the Pembroke Story group leading a Junior History Detectives walk. There will be tea and cakes available at Foundry House and at food outlets all around the town. A full programme with where to go and timings is available on the website (pembroketownwallstrust.org.uk) or on Facebook.

Funding from the Big Lottery Celebrate programme will cover the costs of the event but children will be able to secure sponsors at £1 each which will go towards the costs of the Trust’s pilot project – the restoration of the walls surrounding the burgage garden behind the Tabernacle URC Church.

Mark Vines, the Architect for the pilot project, said: “There are some events that take place in Pembroke that draw the town together, such as the October and summer fairs, but few have the vision to inspire future generations to ‘see’ the walled town and prove that this part of our heritage could be a significant feature of our environment again. My family is delighted to support this attempt to create a link around the walls. It will be fun and engaging and send a message that we can have a beautiful walled town again.”

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Covid-19 vaccination venues and timeline announced for everyone locally over 50

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EVERY person in JCVI priority groups 5 to 9 will be offered a COVID-19 vaccination by 18 April, Hywel Dda University Health Board has confirmed.

While the health board’s vaccination programme has the capacity to offer a vaccine to everyone in groups 5 to 9 by the original target date of 4 April, the delivery plan has had to be adjusted based on confirmed vaccine deliveries.

Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, and Pembrokeshire residents in priority groups 5 to 9 can expect to receive their vaccine as follows:

  • Group 5, people aged 65 – 69 years – delivered by GP practices between 15 February and 12 March
  • Group 6, people aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers – delivered by GP practices between 22 February and 4 April
  • Group 7, people aged 60 – 64 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 8 March
  • Group 8, people aged 55 – 59 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 22 March
  • Group 9, people aged 50 – 54 years – delivered by mass vaccination centres starting 5 April

The health board currently has mass vaccination centres located in Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Tenby, Carmarthen and Llanelli.

Group 6 is significantly the largest cohort to be vaccinated to date and we understand that many in this group will be anxious to receive a vaccine. Please do not contact your GP or the health board to ask about your appointment, you will be contacted directly when it is your turn and we thank you for your patience.

People in groups 7, 8 and 9 will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. The letter will include a phone number to contact the health board should you need to rearrange or cancel your appointment but please make every effort to keep your allocated appointment time.

Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “While  our programme has had to slow  due to supplies, we want to reassure everyone in groups 5 to 9 that our amazing teams of vaccinators and GP practices have the capability and flexibility to deliver our vaccine supplies as they arrive into the region.

“Vaccine supplies will start to increase again from mid-March, and we are confident that everyone living in our three counties in the top 9 priority groups will be offered a vaccine by mid-April.

“In Hywel Dda we have an older population compared to some other health boards and so over 50% of our adult population will have been offered a vaccine by milestone 2.

“To be able to say that as we approach the anniversary of the first national lockdown is nothing short of extraordinary.

“And again, I must say thank you to everyone living in our three counties who continue to come forward in substantial numbers for the vaccine. Uptake remains remarkably high and we hope to see this continue through groups 5 to 9 and into group 10.”

People are asked, wherever possible, to use their own private transport to attend an appointment. Lifts can be accepted from someone in their household or support bubble, but not from anyone else due to the risk of transmission of the virus.

The health board has put in place transport support for anyone who may have difficulty attending their vaccination appointment. If you have no other means of travel, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 and we will be happy to assist.

Everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 should have received an offer of a vaccination. If you have not been contacted, or have changed your mind, please contact your GP at the earliest opportunity. No one will be left behind.

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Nolton Haven: Man hospitalised after getting into difficulties in sea

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A MAN was taken to hospital after getting into difficulties in the sea off Nolton Haven on Friday.

Emergency services were alerted at 2.40pm on February 26 by a 999 call to the control centre.

The Little Haven RNLI lifeboat, Broad Haven Coastguard, an ambulance crew and a Coastguard rescue helicopter assisted police in the operation.

The male casualty was stabilised on the beach and shortly before 4.30pm, was then transported to Withybush Hospital.

A police spokesman told The Herald: “We were called to a male who had got into difficulties in the water at Nolton Haven shortly before 3pm.

“He was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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Cyclist killed on A40 was serving police officer, force confirms

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A CYCLIST who died after a crash with a van on the A40 in Carmarthenshire was a serving police officer with Dyfed-Powys Police, the force has confirmed in a statement to Herald.Wales.

The driver of the van involved in the crash, which happened on Thursday (Feb 25) has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, it was confirmed on Friday (Feb 26).

Police are investigating the fatal collision, which caused the road to be closed for 12 hours, and are asking for any witnesses to come forward by calling 101.

37-year-old Lynwen Thomas, who is a former student at Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Croes-y-Ceiliog, Carmarthen, was a sergeant and a very well-respected member of Dyfed-Powys Police.

A spokesperson for the police said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues, who have all been offered specialist support. We ask that family members are given the privacy they need at this difficult time.”

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