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Making Pembrokeshire a place to be proud of

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“ARE YOU fed up with the way Pembrokeshire County Council keeps making headlines for all the wrong reasons?” Asks Pembrokeshire Alliance Leader Bob Kilmister. 

Writing for the Pembrokeshire Herald, Cllr Kilmister reaches out to voters and Councillors to make a concerted effort to offer effective and united opposition to the IPPG that rules County Hall. Bob told the Herald: Police investigations, unlawful pension schemes, critical reports from CSSIW, Estyn and the Welsh Audit Office, late expenses claims, using Council computers for political purposes, misleading Councillors, wasting large amounts of public money on legal fees defending the indefensible, these are just some of the problems in the last three years. “Come and join us to help make Pembrokeshire somewhere to be proud of”, is the call from the Pembrokeshire Alliance to all unaffiliated Councillors, disgruntled IPG Councillors and the public of Pembrokeshire. If you are dissatisfied with the way this County is being run then you need to do something about it. The Pembrokeshire Alliance offers the prospect of a real alternative administration based on a massive change of attitude and the re-introduction of a moral compass. When the Pembrokeshire Alliance was formed as a group of just three Councillors in December 2013 many were very sceptical of what could be achieved. In just 6 months the Pembrokeshire Alliance has managed to transform itself from these three individual Councillors into a fully-fledged organization. The Pembrokeshire Alliance has set up a proper organization, has an adopted constitution, introduced a proper financial scheme and is in the final stages of registering as a local political party. They have a rapidly expanding membership and within12 months expect to have the largest membership of any political grouping in Pembrokeshire. They have also prepared a nine page policy discussion document. So far this most of this has just been achieved using Facebook. Their leader Bob Kilmister said: “Until the middle of February I had no idea how Facebook even operated, so the learning curve has been substantial. We now have 168 members on the Facebook group we established, good discussions and over 1,000 people a week looking at our pages. We also have a website but we now need to reach the majority of people who do not use social media.” The Pembrokeshire Alliance has managed to get access to a show trailer, which means they intend to attend many public events throughout the summer including the Pembrokeshire Show. Bob Kilmister concluded: “We want to meet and greet as many Pembrokeshire people as is possible. Our next aim is to have the largest membership of any political organization in Pembrokeshire. Our message is solely about Pembrokeshire and putting the people of the County first. “If you want to see a well governed, open and transparent County please get in touch.”

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Broad Haven’s Music Festival set to rock village

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GET ready for an electrifying day of music and fun as the Havens Events Crew proudly presents the highly anticipated Broad Haven Music Festival. Scheduled for Saturday, July 20, from 3 PM to 11:30 PM, this event promises a vibrant mix of live bands, local talent, and a delightful BBQ, making it an unmissable occasion for music lovers and families alike.

The festival, at Broad Haven School Field, will feature an impressive lineup of performers. Attendees can look forward to the acoustic melodies of Cadence Acoustic, the energetic rhythms of Coastal Horizon, and the dynamic performances by Loose Change. These local bands are set to deliver a variety of genres, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

In addition to the musical performances, the festival will offer a range of delicious BBQ options, perfect for enjoying a summer evening outdoors. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a visitor, the Broad Haven Music Festival is an ideal opportunity to experience the local culture, connect with the community, and enjoy high-quality entertainment.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase at the Broad Haven Post Office and Lobster and Môr. Early acquisition is recommended to secure a spot at this popular event.

It promises to be a memorable day filled with music, food, and community spirit. The Broad Haven Music Festival is more than just a concert; it’s a celebration of local talent and a testament to the vibrant culture of our town. Don’t miss out on this fantastic event!

For more information, visit the Havens Events Crew’s official website or follow their social media pages for updates and announcements.


Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, July 20
  • Time: 3 PM – 11:30 PM
  • Location: Broad Haven School Field
  • Performers: Cadence Acoustic, Coastal Horizon, Loose Change
  • Tickets Available At: Broad Haven Post Office, Lobster and Môr

Be sure to mark your calendars and get your tickets soon – we look forward to seeing you there!

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England’s Euro 2024 semi-final victory captivates millions

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ENGLAND’S Euro 2024 semi-final victory over the Netherlands garnered a peak audience of 20.3 million on ITV, cementing its status as the most-watched television programme of the year. Broadcasters are now hopeful that Sunday night’s final against Spain will attract over 30 million viewers, surpassing the numbers that tuned in for England’s Euro 2020 final defeat.

The overnight viewing figures, provided by ratings agency Digital-i, do not account for the millions who streamed the match on ITVX or watched in public venues. The coverage of Euro 2024 in the UK is split between the BBC and ITV, with the channels alternating first choices for matches in each round. ITV executives celebrated Jordan Pickford’s crucial penalty save against Switzerland, which secured another high-profile England match and delivered a substantial advertising boost to the channel.

Both the BBC and ITV will broadcast the final, with approximately a fifth of viewers typically opting for ITV over the BBC. Euro 2024 has demonstrated the enduring appeal of live sports broadcasting, which continues to draw massive audiences, particularly when the events are free to watch. Even matches not involving home nations have attracted significant viewership, with the Spain v France semi-final on BBC One peaking at 11 million viewers.

The Euros are part of the UK’s “crown jewel” sporting events, which include the football World Cup, Wimbledon, and the Olympics, all mandated by law to be shown on free-to-air channels. In contrast, other sports have opted for the higher revenue available from pay TV channels, resulting in substantially lower audiences for international matches. The England and Wales cricket board successfully lobbied in the 2000s to keep England test matches off the free-to-air list. Consequently, Jimmy Anderson’s farewell match against the West Indies at Lords, broadcast behind a paywall on Sky, attracted a peak audience of only about 700,000 viewers.

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Welsh Snooker star Michael White jailed for assaulting partner

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A WELSH snooker star has been jailed after assaulting his then-partner. Michael White, 33, of Penshannel, Neath Abbey, assaulted the woman, causing actual bodily harm, on two separate occasions. The first incident occurred on February 12, 2022, and the second on December 10, 2022.

White pleaded guilty to the charges. A further charge of intentional strangulation on December 10 was directed to lie on file. White, whose snooker world ranking peaked at 15 in 2016, was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday, July 11, 2024.

He received a total jail term of 36 months – 19 months for the first incident and a consecutive 17 months for the second. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has announced that White has been removed from the world ranking list and the World Snooker Tour with immediate effect.

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