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Respect, protect and enjoy Halloween safely



RESPECT, protect, and enjoy. That’s the message from Dyfed-Powys Police as officers urge people to celebrate Halloween safely.

The force has launched Operation Bang 2021, asking people to think differently about the way they mark Halloween this year.

Covid-19 hasn’t gone away, and with some restrictions in place, officers are encouraging people to respect their neighbours, protect emergency services by reducing demand, and enjoy celebrations at home.

Inspector Justin Evans of the Crime and Harm Reduction Unit said: “You might be familiar with Op Bang, which is an annual operation aimed at keeping people safe over Halloween and bonfire night. This year, while our policing focus remains firmly on tackling antisocial behaviour and keeping people safe, for the second year our message is a little bit different given the unusual circumstances we’ve found ourselves in.

“We’re asking people to consider celebrating at home instead of going out and about, respecting that there are people who find Halloween distressing at the best of times, and who might find that the uncertainty of the current situation has heightened these feelings of anxiety.

“We also ask that you do your best to keep yourself and your family safe to prevent adding pressure to the emergency services during already busy times.”

Carving pumpkins, making crafts, and creating a spooky trail around your house or garden are all ways to celebrate Halloween at home with younger children.

While older children and teenagers might still want to meet up with friends, parents are urged to keep track of their plans, remind them to consider the consequences of their actions, and be mindful of lockdown restrictions.

“Fortunately, the majority of communities we police don’t experience a great increase in crime at this time of year, but there can always be one or two people who spoil it for everyone else,” Insp Evans said.

“We don’t want anyone’s enjoyment to get out of hand and cause distress or harm to others.

“By working together we can have a safe and enjoyable Halloween.”

For Halloween craft ideas and ways to celebrate at home, check out the Dyfed-Powys Police Pinterest page.

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Local MS visits Vision Arts



PRESELI PEMBROKESHIRE Senedd Member Paul Davies has recently visited Vision Arts, a new creative hub based in Haverfordwest.

Mr Davies met with Drew Baker and Fiona Phillips to discuss ways to raise the arts’ profile in Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies enjoyed a tour of the facilities and learnt more about their theatre company, concert company and their academy.

Mr Davies said, “The arts are so important to our wellbeing and so it was great to spend some time with the team at Vision Arts to hear about their work to make the arts as accessible as possible to the people of Pembrokeshire. I was really impressed with their facilities and also with their desire and commitment to raise the profile of the arts in the County.

“If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved with the arts locally, then Vision Arts is the place to go – they offer everything from courses on TV and film production, to opportunities to be part of a choir or orchestra – and even a youth theatre.

“For those of you that aren’t comfortable performing, you can support Vision Arts by seeing one of their concerts or plays – there’s something for everyone. To find out more, visit:”

Vision Arts Creative Director Drew Baker added: “We are very grateful to Paul Davies MS for taking the time to visit us and see for himself just some of the ways that we are flying the flag for the expressive arts in Pembrokeshire.

“We had some very productive discussions with him about how the expressive arts can help support health and wellbeing and we look forward to extending our activities in this area. You can find out more about Vision Arts at”

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New Organist at St Davids Cathedral



FOLLOWING a rigorous selection process, the Dean and Chapter of St Davids Cathedral have appointed Mr Simon Pearce as the new Organist and Master of the Choristers, or Director of Music as the post is also known.

Simon has been Assistant Director of Music at St Davids since 1998, playing for many TV and radio broadcasts, as well as Royal visits and other high profile events.

On being appointed Simon said, “This appointment is a huge honour and privilege. The Cathedral Choir and Choral Foundation has a well-deserved reputation for excellence and I look forward to building on the hard work and success of my predecessors.

“I’m delighted to continue working with such a vibrant team of musicians and colleagues in the next chapter of our musical life.” 

He added, “St Davids Cathedral is a spiritually inspiring and beautiful place in which to make music, and has such special connections with the city, local community and school as well as across Pembrokeshire and beyond. I’m extremely proud to live and work here.”

Announcing the appointment at Mattins on Sunday morning, the Dean of St. Davids, The Very Reverend Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, said “It has been a pleasure to enjoy the excellence of Simon’s playing and conducting over the years. We are delighted he will now become our Organist and Master of Choristers.”

Simon is married to Katherine, who works for the County’s Education Department and they have three children, Christian, Harriet (both choristers) and Alexandra. Simon takes up the role immediately, but will be admitted as Master of the Choristers at a special Evensong on Sunday March 13 at 6pm.

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Residents wanted to aid Newgale coastal adaptation project



PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is looking for people to get involved in the Newgale Coastal Adaptation scheme through a number of ‘Task and Finish Groups’.

Task and Finish Groups (TFGs) will provide an opportunity for people to be actively involved in the ideas and discussions about particular issues. 

Members of TFGs will need to be able to attend meetings, discuss ideas, work with other people on the group and with other TFGs to make sure all the different aspects of the project can fit together and work.

Members of TFGs will need to think about the wishes and needs of others, including those who are not part of the TFG.

Six TFGs have been set up for:

·         Active Travel and Coast Path

·         Infrastructure

·         Business Resilience

·         Beach Safety and User Access

·         Natural Environment

·         Replacement Road

TFGs will be quite small, focussed groups so that discussions and ideas can take place easily. Anyone can apply to be involved in a TFG.

We would expect people who are most likely to be affected by the topic of the TFG to want to be involved.  

The Newgale Coastal Adaptation Project aims to deal with the challenges of a changing coastline at Newgale. 

It will allow people to influence the decisions about what adaptation could look like, understanding how it may affect them. Choosing to adapt to coastal change allows options to be explored. 

The Newgale Coastal Adaptation Project is being led by Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC). 

Atkins has been appointed by PCC to help with the development of the project. 

Other companies will also be part of the project, bringing skills and knowledge to help deliver the project.

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