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Tickets go on sale for Pride Festival

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prideofwalesMEET the three famous Welsh faces supporting Pride Cymru 2014 – Wales’ largest celebration of equality and diversity. 

Welsh actress, Lu Corfield best known for playing Freya Wilson in BBC One’s soap opera ‘Doctors’, is the latest addition to those backing Pride Cymru. Lu Corfield said she was honoured when asked to become a Patron. “Having grown up in Wales and as a keen advocate for LGBT rights, this is an event that literally hits close to home. I am incredibly proud to support an organisation that strives tirelessly to secure a future where there is genuine equality for all.” In an interview with Digital Spy, in March 2012, Lu announced that she was bisexual and proud of her sexuality. She works regularly with young adults and teenagers in workshops designed to stamp out abuse and encourage acceptance. She also recently appeared in the Diversity Role Models Calendar to show her support for the prevention of homophobic bullying in UK schools. Ian ‘H’ Watkins, the former star of million-record selling pop sensation Steps has also become a Patron for the charity organisation Welsh singer and actor, Ian ‘H’ Watkins commented: “This event is very close to heart and I am thrilled to be asked to be a patron. Pride Cymru does amazing work tackling homophobia and hate crime.” In a personal account filmed for BBC Wales’ Week In – Week Out, Ian described growing up gay in the Rhondda ‘a nightmare’, and came out while entering Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, with stars such as Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty. Pride Cymru Trustee member, Lisa Power said: “Ian understands what it’s like to be a young LGBT person growing up in Wales. His successful entertainment career shows that you can realise your dreams, whoever you are and wherever you start from. He and Steps have done a lot to support LGBT causes over the years and he’s a great role model. We hope to welcome him to the Parade and Event this year.” International rugby referee, Nigel Owens who has been a Patron for the organisation in recent years is also proud to show his continuing support. Nigel has campaigned to stamp out sexual discrimination in sport since coming out as gay in 2007. Nigel Owens, said: “The new name of the LGBT Mardi Gras event shows that we’ve achieved so much in Wales in terms of equality. We’ve still got a way to go, but we’re getting there. The event is like a rugby match, when I got up on that stage last year you could see and hear the crowds roar. That’s Welsh pride right there. Pride Cymru really unites all types of communities together. No matter who you are. It’s a brilliant day out for all and I’m extremely proud to be part of it by showing my continuing support.” Previous Patrons include television producer Russell T. Davies, singer Charlotte Church and rugby player Gareth Thomas. Pride Cymru (previously known as Cardiff Mardi Gras) returns to the grounds of Coopers Field, Cardiff on Saturday 16th August 2014, kicking off midday with an impressive line-up of live main stage acts, including British boy band Union J, Big Reunion’s 90s girl group, Eternal, Misha B, Nicki French and local indie artists and cabaret performances that represent the last four decades of smash hits. The inaugural parade will also return for its third year running, themed as ‘Welsh Pride is…’ to embrace the festival’s new name. Advanced tickets for Pride Cymru are on sale at: http:// seetickets.com/go/PrideCymru14 Pride Cymru (Cardiff-Wales LGBT Mardi Gras) is in its fourteenth year running. It costs over £250,000 to stage the event, part funded by sponsors, managed by a group of volunteers. As a registered charity, the core aim of the celebration is to combat homophobic and transphobic hate crime to make Wales a safe place for all.

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Permit applications open for Tenby pedestrianisation scheme

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is now accepting applications for vehicle access during this year’s Pedestrianisation of Tenby.

The scheme, which is due to start on Monday, July 5 and conclude on Friday, September 10, will again see the walled town divided into three ‘zones’, each having varying degrees of vehicle access.

Whilst all necessary plans are being put in place for it to start and finish on the above dates, the scheme will remain under constant review in light of Government guidance relating to Covid-19, and the Council will provide any updates as necessary.

Possession of an ‘access permit’ does not provide any exemption from Government restrictions, and any regulations relating to travel and the occupation of holiday accommodation or second homes must be observed at all times.

Following the success of last year, the permit application process will continue online, with paper application forms and guidance notes no longer being delivered to residents and businesses.

The application form and guidance notes are available from pembrokeshire.gov.uk/tenby-pedestrianisation

Residents and business within Tenby are encouraged to complete the application process as soon as possible, to ensure that there is sufficient time for the application to be processed.

Permits will be issued approximately 7-10 days prior to the start of the scheme.

For enquiries, e-mail tenby.pedestrian@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

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Join the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel as an independent member

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THE Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel is looking for two members to join them in their work to support and challenge the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Panel is made of up of members nominated by Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys county councils along with at least two independent members.

Opportunities have now arisen for two independent members to join the Panel and carry out key statutory roles that will support the Commissioner exercise his role effectively.

Members will be expected to attend and take part in regular meetings and take part in decision making, creating reports and making recommendations to the Commissioner.

They will review the Commissioner’s annual draft Police and Crime Plan and annual draft budget, review and scrutinise his decisions and actions, and if necessary review the proposed appointment or removal of the Chief Constable and other senior police force appointments.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they can take a balanced and objective approach in supporting the Panel and the Commissioner, make strategic and well-informed decisions, and interpret and question financial, statistical and performance related information.

They will also need to be able to act as a ‘critical friend’, challenging views or proposals for change constructively.

Applications close on May 31, and appointments to the Panel will be made until October 31, 2024. 

For further information, visit www.dppoliceandcrimepanel.wales

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Successful Fire Service and Health Board partnership to enhance COVID-19 vaccine roll out comes to end

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TUESDAY 11 May 2021 marked the end of a hugely successful partnership between Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Hywel Dda University Health Board, initiated to enhance the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to the communities of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Since February, Community Safety Staff from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service have transported 125 passengers over 9450 miles to ensure they were able to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

Chris Davies, Chief Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Recognising the configuration of our Service, the areas we cover and indeed the people we employee, this seemed an ideal opportunity for us to widen our response to the pandemic and support our partners in safeguarding our communities.

“Whilst we already collaborate with the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, this opportunity enabled us to expand our assistance further within the health arena. This partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board was the first of its kind for Fire and Rescue Services in Wales and paved the way for a number of similar partnerships for us and the other Fire and Rescue Services in Wales.

“I am extremely proud of our staff who have participated in this collaboration and have made a huge difference to the lives of so many people. Their contribution has without doubt had a positive impact on our response to this global pandemic”.

Mydrian Harries, Corporate Head of Prevention and Protection for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, coordinated the Service’s response to this call for assistance.

“Our communities are at the heart of our core business. Knowing we were in a position to make an impact, we put in place a robust solution in record time, to not only ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, but to also safeguard those who were eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, but may have had barriers preventing them from attending their appointments.

“Using this partnership as template within which we could expand, we have since been able to offer our assistance to other Health Boards across the Service area. Indeed, a group of 10 vaccine heroes from our Service have joined Powys Teaching Health Board’s vaccination team, playing their part in distributing vaccines at mass vaccination sites in Newtown and Builth Wells. This is another fantastic example of how working together has been vital in our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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