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Three Amigos’ toy run is back following last year’s cancellation due to Covid 19

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THE THREE AMIGOS biker group is celebrating 20 years of their annual Christmas toy run for children in Glangwilli and Withybush hospitals and Action for Children.

The much-loved annual event sees hundreds of motorcyclists delivering toys that this year will leave Pembroke’s commons car park on December 11 for a county run through many of the towns of south Pembrokeshire.

Ness Moseley, of the 3 Amigos, said: ‘This is a very special anniversary for the 3 Amigos and support from the Pembrokeshire public has been brilliant again. We are so keen to make this the best toy run yet as we had to reluctantly cancel last year.

“It’s been another deeply worrying year for everyone but especially the children in our communities. It’s vital we do what we can to raise spirits and bring everyone together at this special time of year. We can’t wait to get out there on the 11th and put some much-needed smiles on people’s faces.”

The 3 Amigos, who work closely with the local NHS fundraising department, will also be in the Castle Square in Haverfordwest on November 20 fundraising, collecting presents and displaying their bikes.

Charlotte Phillips, service coordinator for Action for Children in Pembrokeshire, added: “We are so grateful to the 3 Amigos for all their support and fundraising endeavours over the last 20 years. It’s massively appreciated by our services in the county that includes Women & Girls Together, Young Carers and the Hawthorn project for families of children and young people with disabilities and special needs.

“This has been an extremely difficult year for the children and families we support, and many are facing a tough Christmas with the cost of living rising and many affected by the cut in universal credit. The present run is always a joyous event, and it is particularly welcome this year.

“We also benefit from their Easter Egg run in the Spring so we can’t speak highly enough of this wonderful group of people. Congratulations to the 3 Amigos for a brilliant 20 years and we look forward to many more.”

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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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