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Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA plants a tree for the jubilee

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THE LORD LIEUTENANT of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards, has helped plant a celebration tree at Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA in St Davids as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC).

The QGC is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’.

The QGC is gifting 70 Celebration Trees to selected primary schools in cities across the UK, including Britain’s smallest city, St Davids.

The Lord Lieutenant visited Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA on Thursday, 14th October to gift the Acer Camp tree on behalf of Her Majesty.

Also in attendance was Cllr Alan York, the Mayor of St Davids.

All Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA pupils at the Non Campus took part in the event and the weather was kind as pupils joined in the National Anthems.

The tree was blessed by Canon Leigh Richardson following a welcome and opening address by Acting Headteacher Rachael Thomas.

The Lord Lieutenant was presented with flowers by pupils Tyler Watson-Rose and Alexandra Pearce before the planting.

The Lord Lieutenant said: “It was a pleasure to visit Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA to take part in the planting for the Queen’s Green Canopy and I thank everyone for the warm welcome.

“What a lovely way to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee by planting trees and inspiring young people to be the future custodians of our green spaces, forest and woodlands.

“Throughout Her Majesty’s reign she has planted more than 1,500 trees and it is a wonderful thought that in 100 years children will still be playing under the trees planted as part of the GQC.

“The value of trees to people and nature has never been clearer and I would encourage everyone to get involved to plant sustainably to create a national legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership over 70 Years.”

Rachael Thomas the Acting Headteacher of Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA, said: “We were delighted to be included in the Queen’s Green Canopy and to welcome the Lord Lieutenant to plant the tree with us.

“Teaching our young people to respect, live alongside and protect nature is very important to us at Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi VA.

“The actions we all take today will impact on our pupils’ lives and the lives of their children and grandchildren.

“It has been an honour to take part in the QGC by planting here at Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi.

“We hope it will further inspire the young people’s interest in nature and what we can all do to protect it.”

The QGC encourages tree planting to take place during October to March, to optimise the chance of trees surviving and flourishing.

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales marked the start of the planting season for the QGC on October 1 st by planting a copper beech tree at Balmoral.

For more information, including a map of all jubilee trees planted, see: https://queensgreencanopy.org/

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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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