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Port helps Pembrokeshire pupils complete Duke of Edinburgh awards

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PUPILS from three Pembrokeshire schools have been given the opportunity to participate in the life-changing Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme this year thanks to sponsorship from the Port of Milford Haven.

Throughout 2021, the Port has been a Silver Associate Supporter of DofE in Wales enabling young people from Milford Haven School, Ysgol Harri Tudur in Pembroke Dock and Portfield School in Haverfordwest to enrol onto and complete Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

Open to 14-24 year olds, the programme is designed to develop essential skills for life and work and provides opportunities for participants to discover new interests and talents.

Robert Newsome OBE, who is Chair of Ambassadors for DofE Wales, said: “We are grateful to the Port of Milford Haven for their commitment to the targeted development and growth of DofE in these schools. The county has a strong reputation in Wales for delivering DofE and has established a lasting legacy of offering it throughout Pembrokeshire. Those who work with adolescent learners see the intrinsic values associated with the programme and reflect on the positive impact it has on all participants. This investment from the Port will help support the delivery of a substantive training programme for staff and to ensure accessibility to participate in DofE is available to all.”

The Port’s Chair, Chris Martin, commented: “We are proud to be a Silver Associate Supporter and are pleased that it will further the growth and development of the DofE programme in schools in Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock and Haverfordwest. The ethos of the scheme, which equips young people with the skills, experience and confidence to successfully navigate adult life resonates with our purpose and core values, and we look forward to many years of collaboration and cooperation with such a wonderful organisation.”

The Port met with DofE representatives at County Hall recently where the Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council Councillor David Simpson, who is a DofE Gold Award holder, said: “As a lifetime supporter of the programme it gives me great pleasure to support it in any way I can. Having gained my Bronze, Silver and Gold awards many years ago I know how it can help in the transforming of young people’s lives. It is open to all backgrounds, cultures and abilities. I believe a DofE award can be a gamechanger.”

For more information on the programme visit www.dofe.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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