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‘Worst pub’ can stay open, but landlady must go

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worst pubA MILFORD HAVEN pub, described as one of the worst in the Dyfed-Powys force area, has had new licensing conditions imposed following a review at Pembrokeshire County Council.

Last week the committee heard evidence from the Licensing Officer Nigel Hayes who said: “The Alma Hotel has a history of long and persistent abuse of the licensing laws.”

In a report read to the stunned committee Sgt James said: “Lives could be lost if the situation remains unchanged”.

In a report published by the council this week it says: “The problems at the pub are as a result of poor management. Designated Premises Supervisor (Debbie Haughey) will be removed; and modifications of the conditions of the licence have been issued.

The premises will now be opening from 11am and will close at 11.30pm; everyone under 25 will be asked for ID under the challenge 25 policy; the DPS is to participate in any Pubwatch or similar appropriate schemes; a notice advising that anti-social, drunken and quarrelsome behaviour will result in persons being banned from the premises for no less than six months will be displayed; and a bound incidents and issues book to be retained at the premises and available to officers upon request.

The Licensing Committee said in their report: “In making this decision, we are satisfied that the licensing objectives are appropriately promoted, and that the interests of the wider community are addressed; and that its decision is an appropriate and proportionate response”.

Alma landlady Debbie Haughey, who is now out of a job, told The Herald: “I am very disappointed at the committee’s decision as I feel that the police had no real concrete evidence for removing me as the landlady.”

Debbie Haughey continued: “What I find very disturbing is that someone can lose their business and their home based on hearsay and suspicion.

Perhaps this process needs to be looked into so this cannot happen to someone else in the future.”

Ms. Haughey continued: “I would like to thank the licensing authority for taking on board my policies and practices; however I am disappointed to see that on serious issues people will not be banned for life as this policy is currently in place. On my departure I would really like to see the Pubwatch or “BOB” scheme reintroduced in Milford Haven. This was something I was keen to have resurrected so perhaps the police can be more proactive in reinstating this scheme as I feel this would go some way to reducing the level of anti-social behaviour. Furthermore they may wish to consider making the town centre a dispersal zone as I recommended last summer.

Ms. Haughey concluded: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff, customers and friends of the Alma for all their support and believing in me as they cannot quite believe the decision that has been made based upon the fact that there was no real evidence. Secondly I would like to thank SA Brains for their support as they have been a fantastic company to work for. Also I would like to thank my children for their support as despite the fact they have been fearful about being made homeless they have been very brave in dealing with the current situation.”

“Finally I would like to take this opportunity to wish the new tenants of the Alma all the best and wish them every success for the future”.

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Save the dates: Classic car shows in Pembrokeshire

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THE FIRST of the Summer season of the Classic Car Shows in aid of the Paul Sartori Foundation took place at the Commons Car Park, Pembroke recently.

Organised by Malcom Powell and friends, the show was opened by the Mayor of Pembroke, Ann Mortenson, accompanied by the Ward Ten Withybush fundraiser Ellie Neville.

The rest of the shows are follows

Wednesday 5th June at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 19th June at the Plough Inn, Sageston

Wednesday 3rd July at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 17th July at the Plough Inn, Sageston

Wednesday 14th August at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 18th August at the Plough Inn

All events are at 4pm, except for the final show of the year on Saturday 14th September at the Plough Inn Sageston which starts at 2 30pm.

Pictured is the first show of the year at the Commons,Pembroke.

Pic-Martin Cavaney

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Royal celebration at Buckingham Palace marks RNLI’s 200th anniversary

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HIS MAJESTY The King has graciously hosted a garden party at Buckingham Palace today to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). This prestigious event brought together approximately 2,500 of the RNLI’s dedicated volunteers, staff, and their families.

The garden party, held in the palace’s magnificent grounds, was marked by the presence of an Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, showcasing the RNLI’s modern lifesaving capabilities. The event celebrated the remarkable history and ongoing contributions of the RNLI, which has been saving lives at sea since its founding in 1824.

Among those honoured at the event were representatives from Tenby Lifeboat Station and St Davids Lifeboat Station. From Tenby, the delegation included recently retired Coxswain Philip John, along with Michael Lewis, Daniel Young, Graham Waring, and Peter O’Hagan, all accompanied by their partners. Representing St Davids Lifeboat Station were Will Chant, Jestyn Martin, Ffion Rees, Judd Kohler, Ellen Evans, and their respective partners. These individuals were recognised for their exceptional service and dedication to the institution, trading their RNLI yellows for smart attire on this special occasion.

The RNLI, established in 1824 by Sir William Hillary, has grown into a vital organisation dedicated to saving lives at sea. Over its two centuries of operation, the RNLI has saved more than 142,700 lives, thanks to the bravery and commitment of its volunteers and staff. Today, the RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations and provides a 24-hour search and rescue service around the coasts of the UK and Ireland.

His Majesty’s patronage and the garden party at Buckingham Palace underscore the nation’s deep appreciation for the RNLI’s invaluable service. The celebration not only honoured past achievements but also highlighted the continued importance of the RNLI’s mission as it looks forward to the future.

For more information on the RNLI’s history and its bicentenary celebrations, please visit the official RNLI website.

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The Big Beer Festival returns to Milford Waterfront

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MILFORD HAVEN is set to host the highly anticipated Big Beer Festival tomorrow at Milford Waterfront. Beginning at 12:00 PM on May 25, the event promises a vibrant celebration featuring an impressive array of real ales, lagers, and ciders, along with a prosecco and Pimm’s bar for those with different tastes.

Local bands will provide live music throughout the day, ensuring a lively atmosphere. Headline act 4th Street will be among the performers, with additional acts including After the Fire, Steve Bartram, Two Suns, Tin Man Revolution, and DJ Robzy. Food lovers can enjoy diverse culinary offerings from The Junkyard Dog and Marcela Mexican Cuisine at the Thornton Motors Streetfood Zone. Entry is £20, which includes four drink tokens and a limited edition glass. Each token can be exchanged for a half pint, a glass of prosecco, or a glass of Pimm’s. The festival will run until 11:00 PM.

This event is part of the continued partnership between Milford Waterfront and the Milford Haven Round Table. This collaboration supports a calendar of events throughout the year, raising funds for local causes and creating enjoyable experiences for the community and visitors. Upcoming events include the Milford Haven Carnival on July 6 and the Fireworks Extravaganza on November 5.

As well as local petrol station company The Ascona Group, Howden, a global insurance intermediary group, is a key supporter of the festival. As a deluxe sponsor, Howden is donating £500 towards the event. Gary Stevens, Regional Managing Director, expressed his delight in supporting the Milford Haven Round Table, emphasizing the event’s significance as a fantastic day out for the bank holiday weekend and a means to support the local community.

Milford Haven Round Table, the UK’s largest Round Table with 30 active members, organizes this festival to give back to the local community. All funds raised support local charities, groups, and individuals, including popular free entry events like the town’s annual carnival and fireworks display.

For more details, visit the official event page.

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