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St Davids RNLI invites supporters to mark 150 years of saving lives at sea

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ST DAVIDS RNLI volunteers are extending a warm welcome to their supporters to join them in celebrating a 150 years of saving lives at sea.

Past, present and future volunteers will come together this Sunday (29 September) at St Davids Cathedral to mark the station’s 150th anniversary. The volunteers will be marking the anniversary by officially naming the station’s new D class lifeboat. The Naming and Dedication of the D class lifeboat will be held at 11am.

The inshore lifeboat has been funded by loyal RNLI supporter Mr Keith Clayton in honour of his late parents, who had long-standing ties with the charity. The D class lifeboat – which will join the volunteers inside St Davids Cathedral – will be officially named Marian and Alan Clayton and accepted into the lifesaving fleet.

Mr Clayton found it fitting to fund a lifeboat in his parent’s honour as they were keen supporters of the RNLI. Members of Mr Clayton’s father’s family were volunteer crew at Penlee Lifeboat Station, previously known as Newlyn Lifeboat Station, during the 1950’s and 1960’s. His mother also had strong RNLI connections, as she was involved with the Welling, Eltham and Sidcup fundraising branch for forty years.

Area Lifesaving Manager Roger Smith said: ‘The RNLI and the crew at St Davids are truly grateful for the generous donation of the new D-Class lifeboat, that is being funded by Keith Clayton in honour of his parents Marion and Alan. Our new D-Class lifeboat will bear their names with pride and will play an absolutely key role in saving lives at sea here in Pembrokeshire.’

Generations of families have volunteered with St Davids RNLI over the years; with the Griffiths, Grey/Arnolds and Chant/Rowlands among a few of the long-serving families who have been volunteering and supporting the station since the late 1890s/1900s.

St Davids RNLI was established in 1869 when a boathouse was built in Porthstinan at the request of the local community. Thirteen volunteer crew were required to operate the station’s first lifeboat – a 32 foot pulling and sailing lifeboat named Augusta. The Augusta served at St Davids lifeboat station until 1885, launching 17 times and saving 23 lives over the course of sixteen years.

The RNLI lifeboats and the lifesaving service has changed immensely in St Davids over the years, as the charity today operates two lifeboats from the boathouse in St Justinians as well as a seasonal lifeguarding service in Whitesands Bay.

Dai John, Coxswain of St Davids RNLI said:

‘Being part of St Davids lifeboat crew is in the blood and a family tradition for a number of our volunteer crew. In the early years the crew were mostly local fishermen; today on average only one in ten RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew have a professional maritime background, that’s why training is so important for the charity.

‘Today, St Davids RNLI volunteers operate a high-tech Tamar class all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley and the D class inshore lifeboat from the boathouse in St Justinians – the station’s third base since establishing 150 years ago. Last year (2018) St Davids all-weather lifeboat and D class inshore lifeboat launched to 27 service calls. We couldn’t do any of this without the support of our local community. As a way of saying thank you, St Davids RNLI would like to extending an invitation to our supporters to join us at the Catherdral this Sunday and help us celebrate a 150 years of saving lives at sea.’

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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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