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Youth scheme celebrates success

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Left to right: Dayle Gibby (Milford Youth Matters); David Walker (Practice Support Manager); Debbie Mills, Simon Jules and Nick Hudd.

AN event to celebrate the achievements of participants on the award-winning Routes to Opportunity Programme was held recently at Milford Haven youth centre.

A joint venture – facilitated by Pembrokeshire Youth Services and Milford Youth Matters and funded by the Big Lottery – it  offers young people eight weeks vocational support and training in a number of areas via a host of social enterprise projects.

These include a café; a bicycle workshop and woodwork and gardening facilities.

The project has successfully delivered over a 120 qualifications since it was established in January, 2016, and over 70 per cent of participants go on to enter education, employment or training.

Key to the success of the project is the way it supports young people making such transitions.

The project works in partnership with over 50 organisations which assist by provide ongoing support, advice and guidance thereby allowing the development of skills needed by the local business community.

Simon Jules from St Ishmaels Garden Centre and Debbie Mills from Tesco were on hand to award certificates to members who have successfully completed the programme, demonstrating the investment such partners have in every aspect of the project.

Members of Milford Haven Rotary Club were also in attendance to show their support and explore how they can help in the future.

Nick Hudd of Pembrokeshire Youth Service said: “Milford Haven has a real sense of community. This project shows how statutory, voluntary, big and small business and community organisations are working collaboratively to support the development of the town’s young people.”

 

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Conservatives hold on to Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire seat

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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

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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

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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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