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Wales parks toast two decades with new wildlife scheme



A PEMBROKESHIRE family which swapped farming for a flourishing future in the leisure industry is this spring celebrating 20 years of success.

Celtic Holiday Parks, which owns three multi-award winning parks in the county, has become one of Wales’s leading tourism providers.

But according to Huw Pendleton, who owns the business with his parents Vic and Ann, Celtic’s anniversary year will be marked not just by a series of fun events.

He is also drawing up a series of environmental initiatives to reinforce the reputation of his parks as some of the greenest places to take a holiday in Wales.

It was in 1999 that the Pendletons sold the family’s farm in Rhuallt, North Wales, and bought Croft Country Park in Narberth, Pembrokeshire.

Until then, Huw had enjoyed a top management career in the catering and hotels sector – but he was determined to plough his own furrow, and Croft provided the perfect opportunity.

Business blossomed, and Huw went on to apply his successful formula to two more Pembrokeshire holiday parks acquired by the family: Noble Court in Narberth, and Meadow House overlooking Amroth Bay.

The family’s parks variously provide caravan holiday homes and lodges to own and to rent, and pitch facilities for guests bringing their own touring caravan or motorhome.

£1m super-luxury glamping and lodge development at Noble Court, Narberth

The group is also a major provider of glamping facilities, and last year saw the launch of a new £1 million super-luxury glamping and lodge development at Noble Court called “Celtic Escapes”.

Now Celtic Holiday Parks, which was last year crowned the best holiday park business in Wales at the National Tourism Awards, plans to celebrate two decades with a new flourish of green initiatives.

All three of the company’s parks were named once again this year as winners of the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

The world-famous botanist praised the raft of initiatives put in place over the years to protect the natural environment and encourage wildlife.

Professor Bellamy highlighted the large number of high pollen-bearing flowers on the parks which provide essential foraging resources for honey bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

He said the parks had also created important additional nesting and food habitats by the planting of extensive new areas of hedging as well as hundreds of native trees and shrubs.

Now, says Huw, all three parks – which employ around 50 local people – will be taking extra new steps to ensure that their wildlife is given the same VIP treatment as holiday guests:

“Pembrokeshire is an especially gorgeous part of Wales, and home to the UK’s only coastal National Park,” said Huw.

“Given our superb location, we’ve always been keen to ensure that our parks are a perfect complement to the natural environment.

“Our staff teams are also very enthusiastic about our conservation work, and do a great job in helping us to implement our plans and coming up with new ideas.

“We all feel very privileged to live and work in this beautiful region, and its marvellous to know that our efforts are being supported by someone like David Bellamy,” added Huw.

There is more information about Celtic Holiday Parks, and the accommodation and holiday home ownership opportunities provided, at

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway



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’



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



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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