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Inaugural Santa Fun Run in Narberth a wonderful festive success

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FOR the inaugural Santa Fun Run in Narberth 153 entrants registered online before the weather forecast of gales and rain for the weekend.Despite that a further 25 plucky individuals registered as latecomers on the day in the Queens hall Narberth. Luckily the event stayed dry, albeit a bit windy.

Rotarian Organiser Architect Ken Morgan had mustered volunteers from the Rotary Club and The Narberth Food Bank to man the 6 places on the registration desks which were inundated with revellers from 10.30 to 11.30 on Sunday 8th December.

President Elaine Bradbury, Ken’s niece Cathy and Therri Bailey, manager of the Narberth Food Bank had a checklist of items presented in Alphabetical order which had been expertly collated by Rotarian Treasurer Kirsty Willing. Kirsty used to be in Tenby ladies Circle helping with the Tenby Santa Run, So Tenby’s loss was Narberth’s gain.

The booking in system went smoothly and by 11am the Hall was buzzing with the Christmas music laid on by The Queens Hall staff and a sea of red Santa Suits made everyone aware that Christmas Season has well and truly started. A squad of Army Cadets made up of recruits from the Narberth and Haverfordwest detachments were on parade with four of their Officers and they quickly deployed on manoeuvres before the allotted start time in order to marshal critical points around the 3K route through the Town Centre and public footpaths.

On the Saturday preceding the event A1 Servicing kindly loaned free of charge their red barriers to which Ken and Rotarian Nigel Towns fixed bright yellow signs with Black arrows depicting the route so strangers from far afield such as Milford Haven, St Clears and Pembroke Dock could navigate the course easily.

The signs were expertly produced and donated by Narberth’s firm called Revelation. On arrival at The Finish Line The Narberth Round Table with Santa was present with Chairman Andrew Thomas to present sweets to the children and The Rotary Club are extremely grateful for this assistance.

Inside the club formal announcements were made about the financial sponsors who included: Clive Preece Developments; Ivor Rees & Sons; Folly Farm; Rob Chell builder, Strasdins Joinery, Ieuan Griffiths Builders; Graham Searle and Caravan Parks Redford, Narberth & Rosehill Broadhaven. After thanking the dignitaries for their attendance, The organiser also commented on the work done by the Narberth First Responders in manning the critical road junctions and he then passed the microphone to President Elaine to present a cheque to The Narberth Food Bank Manager Therri Bailey.

The amount donated was magnificent £1000 and thanks is due to all participants for making this such a successful charitable occasion.

Therri then gave an account of how such donations are invaluable to the work that the Trussell Trust carries out nationally, but this money will be spent locally. Readers are encouraged to offer any spare time that they may have volunteering at Narberth on Wednesday mornings in the former Magistrates Court At market Square where the Food Bank stores all the goods which they receive from benefactors.

Finally, President Elaine has confirmed that this first event was such success that it is now intended to make it an annual event in Narberth’s calendar. Watch this space for more details in the future.

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Five shouts in five days for Lifeboat crews at Angle

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ITS BEEN a really busy week for the crews at Angle with their first tasking to the 39 meter 300 tonne tall ship on Monday evening with engine failure and taking on water.

Crews then paged again in the early hours of Wednesday morning to a 11 meter sailing catamaran becalmed and low on fuel.

The training day Thursday was interrupted just after 12:30 PM with a tasking to a tender with three people on board that had upturned just off St Brides Haven.

Little & Broad Haven Lifeboat was also tasked along with Dale Coastguard.

Little and Broad Haven Lifeboat reached the three casualties and took them to shore where they were passed into the care of Dale Coastguard. Angle Lifeboat was stood down as it was passing through Jack’s Sound.

As the Lifeboat was returning from the shout another tasking request came through. A tanker had spotted an unmanned RIB approximately 10 miles SW of St Ann’s Head. Once on scene, after some investigation the RIB was believed to have come from a mooring and no people were missing. The Lifeboat towed the RIB back to Angle.

The Lifeboat was rehoused shortly after 4:00 PM

The 5th shout for Angle Lifeboat this week.

This was a large multi agency search.

The crew were paged at 09:35 AM to assist Tenby Lifeboats RNLI ALB and inshore Lifeboats to search for a missing person in the water following a report from a fisherman on rocks near Manorbier that he had lost sight of a person that had been rowing a dinghy toward shore and the occupant may be in the water. HM Coastguard Tenby had also been tasked to the search

The dinghy was handed over to Tenby inshore lifeboat crew after being picked up by a Range Safety boat who then brought it into the awaiting police at Manorbier Beach.

Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 187 from St Athan and St Govans Coastguard Rescue Team had now also joined in the search for the missing person.

After several hours searching a man approached police at Manorbier, stating he’d been on the vessel off Manorbier, had got into difficulty and ended up in the water.

With the casualty now safely ashore, all units were stood down at 12:27PM.

Angle Lifeboat then headed to Tenby Harbour to pick up some sustenance, a fizzy drink and a chocolate brownie, before heading back to Angle and rehousing at 2:31PM. The lifeboat was refuelled and given a well earned wash ready for the next tasking.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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