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Be inspired during Adult Learners Week

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AN EXCITING programme of activities designed to inspire more people to discover how learning can positively change their lives is taking place in Pembrokeshire as part of Adult Learners Week (Jun 18-26).

The programme provides a range of opportunities for adults to learn new skills and try new activities, free of charge, in various locations around the county.

The schedule has been organised by Learning Pembrokeshire, Pembrokeshire County Council’s adult learning team.

Pembroke Dock Community Learning Centre will be kicking off the programme with a fantastic Open Day on Friday, June 15, from 10am to 2pm. The free activities include yoga and mindfulness, silk painting and cake decorating and there is also the chance to find out about the centre’s GCSE classes, starting in September.

On Saturday, June 16, from 10am, a Welsh Learner’s Festival will be held at the Cilgerran Wildlife Centre near Cardigan, with activities ranging from folk music workshops to lectures on local history, guided wildlife walks, and more. A presentation for this year’s Pembrokeshire Welsh Learner of the Year will also take place in the afternoon. The festival has been organised by Learning Pembrokeshire’s Welsh for Adults Service.

Come Sunday, June 17, there will be a wide range of fun packed family activities at Pembroke Dock Memorial Gardens from 12pm to 4pm, led by Springboard, Learning Pembrokeshire.

Tenby Community Learning Centre in conjunction with Tenby Library are also holding a packed programme of events.

On Monday, June 18, storyteller Phil Okwedy presents storytelling for adults between 7 and 9 pm.

On Wednesday, June 20, a coffee morning will take place between 10.30am and 12.30 pm, along with children’s story time linked to a family friendly stained-paper crafting session, and a stained glass demonstration.

A variety of free bite-size ‘have a go’ sessions will also be held throughout the day including using your tablet creatively, a learning Welsh taster, chair yoga and digital literacy – being safe online.

On Tuesday, June 26, a bitesize creative writing workshop, will take place from 7pm to 9pm. For more information on activities at Tenby, call Jo on 01437 770190 or email tenby.learning@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

The Learning Pembrokeshire programme will culminate in a day of activities with a wide range of free taster sessions at Pembrokeshire Archives in Prendergast, Haverfordwest on Friday, June 22, from 10am-3pm. Whether you want to have a go at Welsh, learn how to use stop motion animation, make jewellery or have a go on the potter’s wheel, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone!

As well as inspiring adults to learn new things in Adult Learner’s Week, Learning Pembrokeshire will also be celebrating the achievements of its learners.

An exhibition of learners’ work will be on display in the Pembrokeshire Archives building and an official ceremony will be held to present awards to all the learners who gained accreditation during the last academic year.

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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DYFED POWYS POLICE has confirmed that a 20-year-old male passed away in Milford Haven last Saturday, April 17.

Police were called to the USA Fried Chicken store on Charles Street at around 1:30pm but have said there are no suspicious circumstances.

A Herald reporter was at the scene and witnessed a number of police cars and an ambulance while plain-clothed officers were also seen.

HM Coroner has been informed.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We were called to Charles Street in Milford Haven on Saturday 17 April at approximately 1.34pm to reports of a medical emergency. We attended the scene with one emergency ambulance where we assisted colleagues from the police.”

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Tavernspite School the ‘healthiest of schools despite the pandemic’

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THE STAFF, governors, parents, and of course, the children of Tavernspite Community Primary School are delighted to gain the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes National Quality Award for an incredible 5th time after a recent and very rigorous assessment.

The school is already well known and highly regarded for its outstanding work in developing the health and wellbeing of all members of its school community. To achieve this prestigious recognition in the midst of a pandemic is all the more impressive. 

Health and Wellbeing at the school is led by teacher, Lauren Arthur, who has done an incredible job preparing for this re-assessment and raising the profile of the Healthy Schools scheme.

The assessor Mrs Lynne Perry, enjoyed a virtual tour and presentation by Year 3 pupils who took great pleasure in proudly showing Mrs Perry all the wonderful work the school has done to ensure its children are safe, happy with high levels of emotional and physical wellbeing.

In her report, Mrs Perry wrote, ‘Tavernspite School continues to be an outstanding health promoting school. The health promoting school ethos is evident across the whole school population and it runs seamlessly throughout everything that the school does. Tavernspite School continues to give high priority to promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the whole school community.’

The school received fantastic support from Mrs Liz Western, Senior Public Health Officer and Lead for Healthy Schools and Pre-schools, Pembrokeshire, to whom they are very grateful.

Head teacher Kevin Phelps said, ‘We were delighted to receive this award for the fifth time, particularly considering the experiences we have all been through these past twelve months. Health and wellbeing has never been so important and we are proud to be leading the way like this.’

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Joinery learner through to Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year Finals

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PEMBROKESHIRE COLLEGE joinery learner, Conor Ratcliff has made it through to the final ten in this year’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice of the Year competition.

Now in its seventh year, the competition celebrates the next generation of tradespeople as they start out on their career. With over 2,500 nominations, Conor was shortlisted to the top 30 where he had to deliver a video presentation to industry-leading judges and trade body representatives. Judged on professionalism, creativity, innovation, enthusiasm and knowledge of their trade, Conor impressed the judges and is now in the final 10.  

Simon Jackson, Screwfix Customer and Digital director, commented: “Every year we are amazed by the outstanding quality of entrants and, this year, we are on the lookout for apprentices who go above and beyond to succeed within their chosen trade.

“We’ve seen how this career-boosting accolade and £10,000 prize bundle helps kickstart an apprentice’s career. I’d like to wish everyone through to this stage the best of luck!”

The prize package includes everything a future tradesperson may need to start up their own business including £5,000 of tools, a £3,000 training budget and £2,000 worth of technology. The college where they study will also receive £2,000.

Conor is thrilled to have made it through to the finals and commented: “I am extremely honoured to have made it this far in the competition and I am very excited for the final event. It would be an amazing opportunity for me, if I won this competition.

“I hope it encourages more people to consider an apprenticeship in a trade, the Carpentry and Joinery department have been incredibly supportive during my studies.”

The Final is due to take place imminently where the judges will conduct an online interview with the ten finalists before selecting and announcing their overall winner.

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