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South Hook’s Community Fund provides welcome boost for local groups

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Herbrandston Defibrillator project: Julian Owens of South Hook LNG join Caroline Marmara of PAVS, Community Councillor Sylvia Davey and Clerk, Diane Davies.

COMMUNITY GROUPS and projects from across Pembrokeshire are continuing to benefit from the financial support offered through South Hook LNG’s Community Fund.

Managed in partnership with Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS), the Fund offers up to £5,000 in support of projects that seek to enhance local communities in the areas of safety, environment, education and wellbeing.

From digital educational resources at Haverfordwest Museum and outdoor learning equipment for local schools to sailing equipment for youngsters at Pembrokeshire Yacht Club and improvement works at village Halls, the South Hook Community Fund welcomes Applications from across the County.

“Recent projects that we have been pleased to support, are perfect examples of how our Community Fund can give an extra boost to local groups, benefiting Pembrokeshire people in all sorts of ways” said Mariam Dalziel, South Hook LNG’s PR Manager.

Herbrandston Community Council has been able to purchase defibrillators that have been placed at the Village’s Sports Field and Sandy Haven beach, helping to keep residents and visitors safe.

Pembrokeshire Mencap Stackpole Gardens: Chris Harries and Mariam Dalziel of South Hook LNG join Caroline Marmara of PAVS, and Greig Headley, Chair, Debbie Drewett, Manager, with participants at Stackpole Gardens

Participants at Pembrokeshire Mencap’s Stackpole Gardens are benefiting from the installation of a new safe and accessible, solar powered washing station, helping then to keep clean as they tend their growing plots within the walled garden.

Strength Academy Wales (SAW) has purchased equipment that is supporting wellbeing classes for those who may have disabilities, are recovering from illness, or experiencing challenges with social inclusion.

“PAVS is pleased to work with South Hook LNG which supports community groups in such a wide variety of ways, benefitting people of all ages and abilities. The SHLNG LNG Community Fund continued to support groups throughout the Covid 19 pandemic and looks forward to receiving new applications as groups restart activities.’ Commented Caroline Marmara, Funding Development Officer at PAVS.

All applications to the Fund are made via PAVS: request an application pack from development@pavs.org.uk with the final round for 2021 closing on Friday 15th October.

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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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