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Cardigan RNLI calls on local community to throw charity a lifeline

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Sarah Morgan at Cardigan

CARDIGAN RNLI is today putting out its own SOS to the local area in the hope more volunteers can be sought to keep the service afloat. The station will host a recruitment day this Saturday (23 October) where members of the public can come to find out more about the various roles on offer.

Operational roles include inshore RNLI lifeboat crew and shore crew, who help ensure the lifeboat can go to sea. An appeal has also been launched to find Deputy Launch Authorities to authorise the launch of the lifeboat. A launch vehicle driver is also sought. 

Cardigan RNLI are keen to recruit many roles, where volunteers can help save lives at sea, without even getting their feet wet. The station is keen to attract a Lifeboat Press Officer to raise awareness of the crew’s lifesaving work, a Lifeboat Administration Officer and a Treasurer.

As a charity, the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies for income and at Cardigan, the fundraising branch is also keen to find new volunteers to boost the funds raised locally. Volunteers are also sought to help run the Cardigan RNLI shop.

Sarah Morgan, who has been a volunteer crew member at Cardigan for the past two and a half years says:

‘Being a volunteer for the RNLI brings me joy on so many levels. The strong bonds I’ve made with my fellow volunteer crew is something I treasure. The team is everything from the volunteers in the shop to the lifeboat crew who go to sea, and all the roles in between. We all work together to get the best out of one another which enables us to work as a team to save lives at sea. 

‘I enjoy the challenge both physically and mentally, learning new skills and gaining knowledge under the guidance of the senior crew members, whilst getting to enjoy the beauty of the sea and our fantastic coastline.  The service we provide is such a rewarding one and I can honestly say that joining was the best choice I’ve made.’

During the recruitment day which will run between 1-5pm, current volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions and help explain the vacancies in more detail.

RNLI Area Lifesaving Manager Roger Smith said:

“Volunteering with the RNLI gives you the opportunity to make a difference in your local community and to help us save lives at sea. Our charity couldn’t function without the help of our selfless and hardworking volunteers. If you’re interested in helping our charity, I encourage you to drop into the volunteer recruitment day and find out more.’

The charity is hoping to attract people from all walks of life and most new recruits don’t need to have sea-going experience to get involved.

Find out more about volunteer roles at the RNLI here on our Volunteering Pages

When: Saturday 23 October, 2021, between the hours of 1 – 5pm. 

Where: Cardigan RNLI Lifeboat Station, Poppit Sands.

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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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