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RNLI St Davids open evening at Solva harbour a huge success

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Norah Wortley pulls alongside Solva quay wall Credit: RNLI/St Davids Lifeboat Station

THE RETURN of RNLI St Davids to Solva harbour after a three year absence drew a large crowd on Friday, August 12.

The all-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley’s scheduled one hour visit had to be extended to accommodate the number of people queuing to meet the crew and have a look around the Tamar class lifeboat.

As well as a tour of the lifeboat, volunteers were on hand to offer water safety advice and sell RNLI merchandise, whilst Stormy Stan proved a hit with children and adults alike. Over £720 was raised from voluntary donations and the RNLI shop.

The lifeboat was escorted into the harbour by Celtic longboats from Solva Rowing and Watersports Club, a tribute to long time member and sea advocate Josie Lloyd who sadly passed away recently.

Will Chant, RNLI Coxswain for St Davids RNLI lifeboat, says: “I’d like to personally thank Solva Harbour Society for allowing our return to trinity quay after a three year Covid enforced absence, and Solva Rowing and Watersports Club for the special escort. We were overwhelmed by the support of both the Solva community and visitors to the area; it took longer than anticipated to get through the queue of people keen to see our lifeboat and we thank everyone for their patience. Open evenings like this are a great opportunity to connect with the community and fundraise for our crucial work saving lives at sea.’”

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Hundreds attend event to celebrate 200 years of the Fishguard and Goodwick Lifeboat

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FISHGUARD AND GOODWICK LIFEBOAT STATION celebrated their 200th anniversary in style with a fantastic event attended by many hundreds of people. The public were able to meet the crew, enjoy fun and games and listen to music performed by the Goodwick Brass Band and the Fishguard Folk Group.

There was also a sponsored breakwater walk, with over 800 people taking part – working an appetite for the later BBQ and refreshments.

The event was a great success and the RNLI team said on Facebook that they wanted to thank all involved. They said: “A huge thank you to everyone who came and supported our open day on Saturday (Aug 20).

“It was lovely to see so many people and it was a great atmosphere. Only one brief rain shower and guest appearances by Stormy Stan and a pod of Dolphins spotted off the North Breakwater by lots of walkers

They added: “We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came and supported us… It was definitely our busiest and most successful one to date, raising just over £3000; and with 850+ people getting their steps in and walking the breakwater in the afternoon.

“There’s a few special thanks we’d like to make for supporting our event: All the volunteers who helped on the day – we simply couldn’t have done it without you: Stena Line UKIE, HM Coastguard Fishguard, Goodwick Brass Band, Fishguard Folk Group, Fishguard Sea Cadets, A&E Nichols, Bluestone Builders, CSE Hire (Catering Supplies and Equipment), West Wales R/C, Booker Catering, Tractor Shed Crafts & Creations. Tees R Us and lastly…. Carmarthen stall/Albert Rees Butcher (Fishguard Market on a Thursday) who supplied our tasty burgers; with so many people asking where they came from over the past week you may need to bring a bigger van to Fishguard on a Thursday from now on!”

Stormy Stan was there to entertain the kids
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Fishguard RNLI Lifeboat station welcomes new Mechanic  

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CHRIS THOMAS, 41, is to become the new full-time mechanic at Fishguard RNLI lifeboat station after serving as an assistant mechanic for the charity’s lifeboat station for five years. 

Chris will take over from Stephen (Hose) Philips who will retire from his post next month. Stephen, known locally as ‘Hose’ due this former role as  fireman will this month begin a detailed handover to Chris.   

‘Hose’ joined the crew in 1997 so has completed 25 years’ service. He joined the RNLI as a crew member, later became 2nd Coxswain and was made full-time mechanic in Feb 2005.  

Following a family tradition as mechanics for the charity Chris Thomas became the full-time mechanic on 8 August. His father was the assistant mechanic for the RNLI during the 1970s. 

Born and raised in Dinas Cross, near Fishguard and now living in Goodwick, Chris is excited to be the full-time mechanic. 

Speaking about the new role, Chris said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Fishguard lifeboat crew on a full-time basis and to serving the Fishguard & Goodwick community for the foreseeable future.”

Fishguard RNLI lifeboat station has a rich history of outstanding crew with the likes of Coxswain Francis George who was honoured by Her Majesty The Queen, in the 2003 New Year’s Honours List with an MBE for services to the Institution. 

Chris hopes to continue this as he takes on his new role at Fishguard. 

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Health Minister visits local Charity

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ELUNED MORGAN, the Welsh Labour politician serving as Minister for Health and Social Services in the Welsh Government visited Paul Sartori House last week (Thursday, Jul 28), the main offices for Paul Sartori Hospice at Home service provider in Pembrokeshire. The Minister had a tour around the building which includes their clinical operations, bereavement counselling rooms, complementary therapy suite, equipment loan store, administration and income generation.

Whilst visiting, the Health Minister spoke to the clinical management team to learn more about the services provided by the local charity. David Evans, Chair of Trustees at Paul Sartori was also in attendance, he explained about the charitable finances. Fay Morley, Advance Care Planning Registered Nurse Team Leader at Paul Sartori discussed the impact and sustainability of the Advance & Future Care planning services in Pembrokeshire.

David Evans, Chair of the Trustees at Paul Sartori said “It was great to meet the Health Minister to discuss and explain how the Advance Care Planning funded by GP practices is doing so much to help people make their end-of-life care decisions. The Minister was impressed with all aspects of the work of the foundation and how we integrate with HDUHB care in Pembrokeshire.”

Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan said: “It was fantastic to visit Paul Sartori House and meet the people behind the charity. Their services and hard work are making a real difference to people in Pembrokeshire receiving palliative care; ensuring they can be cared for with dignity and independence at home.”

Paul Sartori Hospice at Home provides a range of services to Pembrokeshire people living in the final stages of a life-limiting illness, including home nursing care, equipment loan, complementary therapy, bereavement and counselling support, under 18’s anticipatory grief and bereavement support, physiotherapy, advance care planning and training.

The services provided by the Paul Sartori Hospice at Home enable people in the later stages of any life-limiting illness to be cared for and to die at home with dignity, independence, pain free and surrounded by those they hold most dear, if that is their wish.

All of the services are free of charge and are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, thanks to the generosity of the Pembrokeshire Community.

Further information on the charity and its services can be obtained by visiting their website www.paulsartori.org, or by phoning 01437 763223.

Photo: Left to right – Eluned Morgan, Health Minister, Fay Morley, Advance Care Planning Registered Nurse and David Evans, Chair of the Paul Sartori Trustees

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