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Donations needed for food bank which has bare shelves



Empty shelves: The charity is running out of food

FOR the first time in its nine year history, a local charity which supplies food, small household items and clothing to people in need had bare shelves after a busy shift in its Haverfordwest base.

Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship (known as PATCH) found that the only food items left were pasta and tinned fish.

PATCH Manager Tracy Olin tells the Pembrokeshire Herald more about the charity: “Having worked at food banks for 17 years, never before have the client stories affected us so much. There are people here in Pembrokeshire who haven’t eaten for days (yes, days) as they wait for their benefits to arrive. One client lost their job and went straight on to Universal Credit, with a 6 to 8 week wait for any money.

“They did receive an advanced payment but used all of that to pay their rent. They messaged me with their story. Thankfully we were able to send the client to Citizens’ Advice (CAB) and they are now helping with the claim and gave a referral to PATCH. The client was so grateful – it was incredibly moving.

Donation: Just some of the food The Pembrokeshire Herald has donated

“We have had a family referred to us who haven’t had much of an income for weeks. They were told during a telephone conversation they would have to wait again for weeks before they receive their money. They client asked ‘What do we do until then?’ and was told to go to the local food bank.

“What if there wasn’t a local food bank? Or what if we were unable to give 2 weeks’ food to save them petrol in visiting us? Benefits should be the safety net, not food banks.

“PATCH gives 5-day food parcels consisting of breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks. Because of the generosity of many local supermarkets we can give bakery produce, fruit, vegetables and even luxury items like flowers.

“We aren’t just about the food, which is why we call ourselves a ‘Basics Bank’. We give all of the basic items needed in life, such as clothing and small household items like bedding, crockery towels and small electrical items.

“We recently ran out of kettles, toasters and duvets, so local people went out and bought the whole of a local supermarket’s available stock of reduced kettles and toasters. One person bought a load of duvets and pillows and had them delivered to our main base in Milford Haven.

“Because we are independent we rely on donations and it is only the generosity of Pembrokeshire people that have kept us going for over 9 years. We are proud to be independent and proud to be local covering the whole of Pembrokeshire.”

The Pembokeshire Herald has recently banded together and donated a large quantity of food to the charity – but more is still needed.

If you would like to donate, please visit

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Conservatives hold on to Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat



THE CONSERVATIVES have held on to their Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat despite Labour closing the gap.

Sam Kurtz will take over the seat from the outgoing Angela Burns who held a majority of 3,400 at the last election.

This time, the gap was just 936 to Labour’s Hassan Riaz who picked up 10,304 votes.

Plaid Cymru’s Cefin Campbell picked up 6,615 votes.

The turnout in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire was slightly up to 52.12% from 51.2% in 2016.

However, with a larger electorate thanks to votes for 16/17-year-olds, the number of votes cast went up by almost 3,000.

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Paul Davies re-elected as Conservatives hold Preseli Pembrokeshire



PAUL DAVIES has been re-elected to represent the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency.

He won with 12,295 votes, while there were 10,895 votes for Labour’s Jackie Jones.

Plaid Cymru candidate Cris Tomos gained just over 6,000 votes and there were also 1,239 for Reform UK candidate Alan Dennison.

There were over 3000 more votes cast in 2016, down largely in part to the fact that 16 and 17 year olds were able to vote in this election.

Both the Conservatives and Labour received more votes than before while the gap to Labour closed to just 1,400.

After being elected, Paul Davies said he would continue to ‘fight for Pembrokeshire’ and thanked those who had been involved in his campaign.

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Former Cardigan Castle director sentencing delayed



THE SENTENCING of a former director of Cardigan Castle who has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft totalling over £40,000 has been delayed.

Former director, Jac Davies, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and theft was due to be sentenced on Wednesday (May 4) at Swansea Crown Court – but has now been delayed.

Davies who held the £40,000 a year post fraudulently obtained £33,098.75 and stole a further £7,932.97 from the award winning restoration project..

Davies held his position at Cardigan Castle from September 2017 to November 2019.

The defendant has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining £4,143.20 from the castle on December 21, 2017.

Again Davies admitted to fraudulently obtaining £28,955.55 between February 4, 2019 and November 3, 2019.

Two further charges of theft were also admitted – one charge of  theft from the castle of £1,908.18 between May 2, 2018 and May 24, 2019 and a further charge of theft from Cardigan Castle Enterprises to the sum of £6,024.79.

Dyfed-Powys Police conducted a year long investigation after being contacted by the castle board of directors.

Financial discrepancies were identified during financial monitoring.

An internal investigation was launched and Davies left his position within the castle in October 2019 following a disciplinary process.

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