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Civil servant scoops £84k Porsche hybrid and £40,000 cash in online competition

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A CIVIL servant from Pembrokeshire will be the envy of motorists across the UK after scooping an £84,000 Porsche hybrid plus £40,000 in cash with leading online competitions company BOTB.

Dan Lewis, 42, who lives in Milford Haven, was working from home when BOTB’s Christian Williams video called to tell him he was this week’s Dream Car Competition winner and the new owner of a Porsche Panamera 4 e-Hybrid which can be charged on his driveway.

“Oh my God,” he said. “Happy days!”

Dan, who paid just £2 for his ticket to enter the competition, revealed he and his partner, Gemma, 34, have been playing BOTB for more than a year and always see who can get the closest in the Spot the Ball competition.

“I’m definitely closer this week,” he laughed. “I saw this car in the line up and I thought it would be brilliant – especially given the fuel crisis at the moment.

“Gemma always goes for the same car, an Aston Martin, but I always have a look at the line up and choose depending how I feel on the day. This one is just perfect!”

And with fuel economy currently on everyone’s minds, Dan’s choice of the Panamera couldn’t have come at a better time.

The e-Hybrid has the ability to do 113mpg and has 456bhp under the bonnet, including 33 miles on electric charge alone.

Dan and Gemma, who have five children, both work atthe Department for Work and Pensions as civil servants.

And the surprise wasn’t finished there as it wasn’t just the car that Dan scooped in the competition, as Christian revealed £40,000 waiting for him in the boot!

“Do I have to tell Gemma about the money?” he laughed. “The money will go a long way for us. We need to get a deposit together for a house so this will be a huge help there. The rest I’ll have to think about – it’s a lot of money!”

BOTB hands over the keys to two stunning cars each week as well as the lifestyle prize. Other recent winners have bagged a quad bike, a holiday to the Arctic and £15,000 in cash.

The company, listed on the stock market, was founded by William Hindmarch in 1999 and has given away more than £44m worth of cars so far.

BOTB presenter Christian Williams said: “I love my job getting to surprise the lucky BOTB winners each week and this week was no different when we got to goto giveDan the good news he was this week’s winner. I love that he and hiswife Gemma play BOTB together and I’m delighted for both of them – massive congratulations again!”

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Public urged to take part in Council budget consultation

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MEMBERS of the public are being urged to participate in Pembrokeshire County Council’s budget consultation 2022-23.

Launched this week, the consultation asks the public where they think the Council needs to spend money, and where it can save it.

As part of the process, the Council has created an online budget simulator, which includes videos from Cabinet members talking about the financial pressure in their portfolio areas.
Cllr Bob Kilmister, Cabinet Member for Finance, encouraged all those interested in how the Council spends its funds to take part in the consultation.

“It’s very important that we hear from as many people in Pembrokeshire as possible,” he said.

“Like other Councils, we are once again facing significant budget pressures and understanding community and household priorities is vital in helping us to make the difficult choices necessary in setting the 2023-23 budget.

“We look forward to hearing from you.”

How to take part in the consultation:

Teams Live Stream event
Join a Teams Live Stream event on Wednesday 1st December from 7pm – 8pm. Put your budget questions directly to Cllr Kilmister or the Council’s Director of Resources, Jon Haswell, or listen to the discussion. Questions are welcomed in English and Welsh.

Budget Simulator
Give your views on the budget priorities for 2022–23 by using our Budget Simulator which is available at https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/

Download the survey and return to County Hall
Alternatively you can download and complete our hard copy Information and Response Form. Once complete please return to surveys@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or Pembrokeshire County Council, Policy & Partnerships, County Hall, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP.

The consultation will end on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

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Milford Haven Council cancels annual Christmas lights switch-on event

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Council cancels Christmas lights

MILFORD Haven Town Council have announced that they will be cancelling the official switching on the Christmas lights event this year.  

The Christmas lights in Milford Haven will be turned on Wednesday, December 1 at 7pm. However, unlike previous years, this will not be an official event. 

In the past, the event would see Father Christmas switching the lights on while on a balcony at the Town Hall. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the official turning on of the lights is unable to go ahead.

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County Hall to be lit up in orange as part of UN campaign

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COUNTY HALL is being lit up in orange tonight (Thursday, 25 November) to highlight the United Nations campaign against gender violence #OrangeTheWorld: End Violence Against Women Now!

The UN is holding 16 days of activism against gender-based violence from 25th November to 10th December 2021 under the global theme set by the UN Secretary General’s UNiTE campaign.

Among the local groups supporting the worldwide campaign are Soroptimists International Haverfordwest which requested the illumination. “This is a campaign that, as a women’s group, we feel it very important to support,” said member Susie Blacklaw-Jones.

Council Leader Cllr David Simpson supported their request, saying: “This is an incredibly important issue and we are grateful to Soroptimist International Haverfordwest for helping to draw attention to the campaign and raise local awareness.”

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