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Pembrokeshire cricket returns on Sunday

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CRICKET is back in Pembrokeshire this Sunday (Apr 24) and the teams are chomping at the bit to get back out on the field.

Neyland will be looking to retain their Division 1 crown but Lawrenny, who missed out by only three points last year, will again be looking to claim the trophy.

Division 1 newcomers Pembroke Dock and Llangwm will also be keen to start off on the right foot as they look to stay in the top flight of Pembrokeshire cricket.

Cresselly and Carew will also be hoping they can mount a title challenge after third and fourth placed finishes last season respectively.

Neylad begin their title defence at home against Narberth while Lawrenny make the trip to St Ishmaels.

Cresselly host Llangwm, Carew go to Pembroke Dock and Haverfordwest face Saundersfoot.

Whitland and Llechryd were both relegated from Division 1 following the 2021 season and they will be keen to return.

Llanrhian and Johnston came up from Division 3 and they will also be looking for another strong season back in the second division.

Burton missed out on promotion by two points in 2021 and they will be another team looking to make their way back to the first division.

Whitland begin at home against Burton while Llechryd host Burton.

Llanrhian begin their Division 2 campaign with a home game against Pembroke and Johnston host Lamphey.

The other game sees Carew seconds hosting Hook.

This year Division 5 has been split into two ‘North’ and ‘South’ groups.

Neyland won the coveted Harrison Allen Bowl last season, with help from that Patrick Bellerby century, and they will again look to keep hold of the trophy once the competition gets underway.

Lawrenny won the Duggie Morris Cup last year with the Alan Brown Cup being won by Llanrhian while the Alec Colley Cup went to Neyland seconds.

Pembroke County Cricket Club fixtures for Sunday, April 24:

Division 1

Cresselly v Llangwm
Neyland v Narberth
Pembroke Dock v Carew
Saundersfoot v Haverfordwest
St Ishmaels v Lawrenny

Division 2

Carew II v Hook
Johnston v Lamphey
Llanrhian v Pembroke
Llechryd v Burton
Whitland v Herbrandston

Division 3

Haverfordwest II v Llanrhian II
Hook II v St Ishmaels II
Kilgetty v Laugharne
Narberth II v Neyland II
Stackpole v Cresselly II

Division 4

Burton II v Llechryd II
Fishguard v Saundersfoot II
Herbrandston II v Whitland II
Lawrenny II v Carew III
Llangwm II v Haverfordwest III

Division 5 North

Crymych v Llechryd III
Haverfordwest IV v Whitland III
Laugharne II v Kilgetty II

Division 5 South

Cresselly III v Pembroke Dock II
Hundleton v Stackpole II
Pembroke II v Neyland III

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Welsh Government Rural Affairs Minister congratulates this year’s award winners

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EVERY nominee for this year’s Lantra Cymru Awards scheme has demonstrated their commitment to lifelong learning and maintaining the highest standards across all areas of working, Welsh Government Minister Lesley Griffiths has said.
The Minister has thanked and congratulated all this year’s award winners as well as the training providers who had nominated them.
The Minister said: “The Lantra Cymru Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the commitment and passion of individuals across Wales. A huge well done to all the nominees, winners and training providers for all of their hard work including to increase efficiency and introduce further innovative ideas into their ways of working.”
Leading Welsh agriculturalist Mr Peter Rees, chair of Lantra Wales, presided over this year’s selection panel, which included Kevin Thomas, Director of Lantra Wales, Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones, founder and Managing Partner of Agri Advisor solicitors and agricultural Health and Safety expert Brian Rees, a former chair of the Wales Farm Safety Partnership and a Farming Connect farm safety mentor.
Mr Rees said that the Lantra Cymru Awards was always one of the highlights of the annual Welsh farming calendar, adding that it was testament to all the industry’s rural stakeholders, including colleges and training providers, that despite the current economic challenges within the industry, they had again identified and nominated many outstanding individuals.
“The Lantra Cymru Awards scheme, now in its 28th year, rewards the lifelong learning achievements of the many workers who, through their significant skills and abilities, contribute not only to farming but to the wider rural agenda in Wales, our rural economy and to the communities where they live and work.
“Each nominee’s clear commitment to continuous professional development and achievements within the environmental and land-based sectors, is doing so much to maintain professional, up to date standards within our industry.
“Each one of them is making a significant contribution, not only within their own particular area of working, but to the sustainability and modernisation of Welsh agriculture long term,” said Mr Rees.
Farming Connect is delivered by Menter a Busnes and Lantra Wales and funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

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Funding boost on offer for local sports groups

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INVESTING in grassroots and community sport has led to more than £300,000 being accessed by local clubs in 2022 and this year it could be your chance for a share.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Sport Pembrokeshire helped 55 sports clubs receive a share of £335,388 from Sport Wales via the Be Active Wales Fund grants system last year.

In 2023 there are grants available for a variety of schemes or activities including coach education courses, essential items of equipment, new team start-ups and developing ‘on field’ activities.

Examples from last year include a Sea Cadet unit receiving £16,522 to buy a new safety boat as well as powerboat and safety boat courses, a table tennis club that got £700 for two new tables and a local football club accessed a grant of nearly £8,000 for training courses, balls, bibs, cones and goalposts.

Graham Willcocks at Trefloyne Junior Golf Academy, said: “The grant we received from the Be Active Wales Fund got us off to a flying start. We didn’t have much in the bank so it was a massive leap for us when they provided all the equipment we needed to get youngsters starting to play golf.
“With the support of Alan Jones at Sport Pembrokeshire, it was easy, with a straightforward application process and a really fast turnaround. Without that grant we wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are today.”

Sports Development Link Officer at Sport Pembrokeshire, Alan Jones added: “We would love to hear from any clubs and sports groups, large or small, to see if we can help access some grant funding to support community sport, and encourage people to get in touch.”  

Any sports clubs interested can find out more about the grants from Sport Pembrokeshire and the Sport Wales websites.

Email sport@pembrokeshire.gov.uk for more information and to tell the team about what your club needs and what you would like to do.

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Wales supporter from Pembrokeshire dies in Qatar during World Cup

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A WALES fan has passed away while following his team with his friends and family at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Kevin Davies, a 62-year-old from Pembrokeshire, has sadly died while in the Middle East with his son and some pals to witness Wales’ first World Cup campaign since 1958.

The Pembrokeshire Herald understands that Mr Davies died of natural causes on Friday but he was not at the stadium to watch Wales’ 2-0 defeat by Iran.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office confirmed it was “supporting the family of a British man who has died in Qatar”.

His family is being offered UK consular assistance.

The Wales Football Supporters’ Group said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Kevin Davies, of Pembrokeshire, who sadly passed away in Doha yesterday.

“The Red Wall are a family and we are here for you.”

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