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PCC Leaders coronavirus update: Monday 27th April

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Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson,
has provided a further coronavirus update for Monday, 27th April, as
follows:

‘I hope this latest update finds you all well and you are managing
during these unprecedented times. Every day brings new challenges.
However, as I have reiterated on numerous occasions, we have to
stay strong, stay at home and stay safe.

‘I’m sure you will all agree that our frontline services are doing an
amazing job in keeping this country going. Everyone is facing new
ways of doing their roles and to date I am only hearing praise for how
everyone, collectively, is stepping up to tackle this pandemic.

‘I’m also aware that people are frightened and becoming frustrated at
the continued lockdown we face. But we have to continue on this road
to ensure the long-term solution to this awful situation.

‘Who could have imagined, at the start of this year, how 2020 would
pan out. Yes, these are very strange times but please be assured that
we will get through this. We will recover and move forward.

‘I want to highlight that tomorrow (Tuesday, 28 th April) is International
Workers’ Memorial Day. I will be joining thousands of people
throughout Wales in observing a minute’s silence at 11 am to reflect
on those who have died in the coronavirus pandemic.

‘It is also a chance for us to show our respect to all those working so
hard to care for people at this time. I hope you can pause for one
minute tomorrow at 11 am to show your respect
‘Today I want to thank the Authority’s contact centre and our housing
staff.

‘Our contact centre has carried on answering queries and phone calls
throughout the Covid-19 situation and I am sure you will agree that
the way they have undertaken their duties to reassure and guide
people has been a great assistance and strength to many.

‘Our housing team are working together to ensure that we support all
of our tenants and those who are homeless during this challenging
period.
‘Sourcing and preparing accommodation for those who are homeless
– or in an emergency situation – has been challenging. Despite this we
are managing to offer accommodation to those who need it.
‘The officers are conducting welfare calls to all of our 5,550 tenants as
well as to those in temporary accommodation to check on how they
are coping and to link them in to any essential services they might
need.

‘I personally want to thank both these teams for the way they are
professionally dealing with front-line issues. Thank you very much
‘To conclude today I want to reassure you all that as an Authority we
are continuing to deal with Covid-19 issues through our strategic
group.

‘I want to acknowledge the hard work of our strategic lead managers,
Richard Brown and Darren Thomas, for all their efforts and indeed all
the staff and Elected Members within the Council.

‘Every day we are faced with new challenges. However, the Authority
continues to move forward. Remember, together we are strong and
together we will get through this.

‘Press releases issued since my last update on Friday are:
 Council To Resume Grass Cutting:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/county-council-
to-resume-grass-cutting

 Spread The Word On How To Access Help:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/help-spread-the-
word-on-how-to-access-help-during-lockdown

 3D Project Helping To Protect Frontline Workers:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom/3d-project-
helping-to-protect-frontline-workers

‘Public Health Wales is updating and adding to their resources
regularly. Please find all assets here:
https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-
covid-19/coronavirus-resources/

‘Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at:
https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom

‘And to get daily email updates, log onto our website and sign into My
Account at:
https://myaccount.pembrokeshire.gov.uk

‘Don’t risk catching or spreading the virus, why risk it? Stay Strong,
Stay Safe and Stay at Home. Thank you.’

Useful links:

 www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
 www.sir-benfro.gov.uk/coronafeirws
 https://phw.nhs.wales/
 Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru – Coronafeirws Newydd (COVID-19)
– Cyngor hunan-ynysu
 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-
19-list-of-guidance

For the latest advice and press releases relating

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Tragedy above Milford Haven takeaway

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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’

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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

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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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