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Bright new community space opens in centre of Haverfordwest

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AN EXCITING new community space has opened in the Riverside Shopping Centre in Haverfordwest.

Based in the former Wimpy building, @No5 Riverside offers a community café, ‘Library of Things’ and employment support – all in one town centre location.

It follows a 6-month renovation project by Norman Industries as part of its supported employment programme, with funding from Welsh Government.

“The café will be a fantastic resource offering dedicated sessions to a wide range of community groups, including people with dementia or a learning disability, carers, and gentlemen’s groups,” said Cllr Tessa Hodgson, Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Services.

Known as ‘Caffi Cyfle’ (cyfle is the Welsh word for ‘opportunity’) the café is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. It is fully inclusive – please ask how to book a quiet time or about suitable food options.

Karen Davies, Programme Manager, said the café menu has been designed by Pembrokeshire’s neuro diverse community.

Pictured (left to right) are Jonathan Griffiths (Director of Social Services); Cllr Cris Tomos; Matthew Page, Café Assistant; Cllr Tessa Hodgson; Karen Davies and Marty Andrews, Café Manager.

“The simple hot menu is designed to provide meals suitable for people of all ages removing the food that is often left on the side of the plate,” she said. “The small plate option recognises that people with small appetites want to be able to buy an appropriately sized meal saving money and food waste.”

The café will also offer training and employment to people with barriers to employment including people with neurodiversity conditions.

“We know that the hospitality sector has challenges recruiting staff and yet there is a large pool of people who could work in this industry given the right training and support,” said Karen.

“People with impairment and difference make excellent employees with low levels of absence and high levels of commitment. We already run a café in Milford Haven run by people with learning disability. We want to show the sector how this can be achieved in a busy town centre café environment.”

The Library of Things offers people the opportunity to borrow items that they can’t afford or don’t want to buy.

People can borrow a wide range of things such as a gazebo, lawnmower, pressure washer, wheelbarrow, children’s games or fancy dress.

“Cllr Cris Tomos, Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “We all have items that we have bought for one job, which have then sat in our cupboards gather dust never to be used again.

“Now we have the opportunity to reduce the use of precious resources by borrowing the item rather than buying it for a fraction of the cost.

The Library of Things offers people the opportunity to borrow items that they can’t afford or don’t want to buy.

“The Library of Things is a fantastic opportunity for people in Pembrokeshire to contribute towards actions for the environment.”

The unit at No.5 Riverside stood empty for a number of years and took a significant investment to bring it back to life. Financial support was provided by a Circular Economy grant to support town centre regeneration from the Welsh Government.

Riverside Shopping Centre Manager Nigel Stroper said he was delighted to welcome @No5 to the Riverside Shopping Centre.

“I have been so impressed with the efforts of all concerned with this enterprise which brings real points of difference to both the shopping centre and town centre, the staff are so enthusiastic – they are a credit to the work done by Norman Industries,” he said.

“I am confident this is a great step forward in the regeneration work beginning in our lovely little town.”

Local County Councillor Tom Tudor said it was a great initiative. “This is an excellent facility and very much welcomed for the centre of town,” he said. ”We wish it every success.”

Also based @No5 are the staff from Employability Pembrokeshire. During the day, the upstairs space will be used as a drop in space so that people can meet with the mentors from a wide range of employment projects that support progress into work. The team at Employability Pembrokeshire can help with training, work experience and getting paid work. For people with a disability they can also help to assess and put in place support to ensure people have success in the work place.

To borrow an item from the Library of Things, please visit www.pembrokeshirecircle.org and follow the share link. Items can also be booked at the counter in @No5 where the fantastic team are available to help.

Are you thinking about throwing away something that still works or could be repaired? Why not donate the item to the library so that others can use it? Items are repaired, tested and made available to others reducing waste going to landfill. Items can be dropped off @No5 or at Norman Industries.

To contact the community café, Caffi Cyfle, please phone 01437 776609 or email normanindustries@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or message the Caffi Cyfle facebook page. The café is open from Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.

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Local MS visits Vision Arts

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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: www.visionartswales.com”

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 www.visionartswales.com”

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New Organist at St Davids Cathedral

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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

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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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