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Roger wins at Trefloyne as Kilgetty Golf Society bids farewell to committee members

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KILGETTY Golf Society’s September fixture was held at Trefloyne Golf Club where the group bid farewell to two of the four-man Committee.

Martin Davies and John Perrott are retiring after 12 years’ faithful service while a third committee stalwart, Steve Jones, will also retire after the next fixture in Herefordshire in October. Anyone who would like to take their place is encouraged to contact Steve at [email protected] for further details.

In terms of the day’s competition, this was a close fought affair in weather and on a course which was conducive to good golf.

Leading the way were the wacky races team of Kelvin Boughey and Graham Bond who set a remarkably good team score of 75 points.

However, revving up behind them, they were eventually overtaken by the next team of Jack Zeraschi, Meurig Evans, and Wynne Richards, all on their home track. A score of 85, with Jack topping the 28+ Handicap race-within-a-race with 31 points.

They were closely followed by Mike Skidmore, Derek Campbell, and the aforementioned Steve. Unfortunately, the team experienced constant misfiring, particularly on the dog-legs, and succumbed eventually to 67 points and last place.

So, overtaking them in the early race stages were Rob Nixon, Darrell Jones who had come out of the pits especially for this fixture, and Ed Morris riding sidecar with Darrell. Rob set the pace for his team ably assisted by the other two, for 77 points and a chance of a podium placing.

Starting the grid in 5th place were the team of Graham Longster, Peter Rice, and John Hammond. Each one of them an Ace in their own right and to prove it Peter won the Nearest the Pin laurel garland.

They motored to a score of 89 points passing everyone on their way and winning the team garland.

However, it was a close affair as going bumper to bumper all the way with them were Steve Baxter, Roger Handcock, and Barry Neale finishing just a nose cone behind with 88 points. As consolation Barry had the longest drive.

Also careering round but without any impact were Barry Wood, Mark Wood, and John Barber with 76. A wooden performance and not enough for a podium place unfortunately.

After an excellent meal in The Orangery, Barry stood up to thank the retiring Committee members for their hard work in running the Society for the past 12 years, which was reciprocated by Steve thanking him and Mark for setting up the Society in the first place.

The competition Results were as follows:

Individual Champion with 37 pts – Roger Handcock; 2nd place with 34 pts – Peter Rice; 3rd with 33 pts – Rob Nixon

Top Team – Graham Longster, Peter Rice, and John Hammond

Longest Drive – Barry Neale; Nearest The Pin – Peter Rice; 28+ Handicapper – Jack Zeraschi; Wooden Spoon – Mike Skidmore.

A great day enhanced by the warm welcome at Trefloyne, and the mega raffle which saw everyone get a nice prize. Onto Herefordshire in October for the 2-day eventer. More details at www.kilgettygolf.co.uk

Photo: Champion Roger Handcock in the Green Jacket

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Angle RNLI tasked to two simultaneous incidents

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AT 4:27PM on Friday (Jun 21) the All-Weather Lifeboat was requested to launch following a VHF call from a 28ft vessel with a fouled propeller in the Longoar Bay/Butts Bay Area.

There were other vessels in the area safety boating a sailing race but due to the weather conditions they were unable to assist.

The lifeboat launched shortly after and began making best speed to the vessel but only minutes later the crew were requested to divert to another incident. The Coastguard had received a 999 call reporting a person cut off by the tide and possibly despondent near the old mining depot and the entrance to Castle Pill. With this, Tenby All-Weather Lifeboat was requested to assist with the initial incident and Milford Haven Port Authority patrol vessel Dynevor was also proceeding.

A local fishing vessel had made the call and was on scene attempting to communicate with the person. Soon after, the first informant lost sight of the person. Soon after, the lifeboat arrived on scene and after a brief discussion with the fisherman a search was commenced. The Y boat was deployed to head into Castle Pill to attempt to get a visual of the person if they had rejoined the path back to the main road.

At this point, Dale Coastguard Rescue team and the police were tasked to assist. Shortly after, the fisherman reported catching sight of the casualty through a gap in the hedge, making his was back up the road towards Black Bridge. Following this information, and with the first informant confident that this was the person he saw earlier the lifeboat was stood down to return to the previous incident.

After recovering the Y boat the lifeboat began making best speed back down towards Longoar Bay. Arriving on scene, and following a quick assessment it became clear that the casualty vessels anchor was potentially dragging. A tow was swiftly passed to the vessel and their anchor recovered.

With the tow set, the crew began towing the vessel back to Milford Marina.

Arriving off the entrance to the Milford Docks channel, the tow was dropped and the vessel transferred into an alongside tow and taken into the marina. After safely securing the vessel on the fuel pontoon, the lifeboat and her crew were stood down to return to station where she was readied for further service shortly after.

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Tragic death of eight-month-old girl leaves family in mourning

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THE HEARTBROKEN grandfather of Mabli Cariad Hall, the eight-month-old girl who tragically died after her pram was struck by a car, has spoken of the enduring pain his family faces. Mabli was hit by a white BMW outside the entrance to Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest on 21 June 2023. She succumbed to severe traumatic brain injury at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children four days later.

Speaking to the BBC this week, Paul Sambrook, Mabli’s grandfather, expressed the family’s profound grief, stating it would take years before things felt “even half right”. Speaking outside Withybush Hospital, he said, “We’re a large family, we’re a close family, and to see everyone in the family go through the same pain is a very difficult thing to bear.”

He continued, “As a grandfather, the older member of the family, you mourn several times over. You mourn for the loss of your granddaughter but then you mourn for the loss of happiness that everyone else had.”

Describing Mabli as “full of fun” with “a lovely laugh” and a “light in her eyes,” Mr Sambrook lamented the loss of her future. “She would’ve been a character, without a doubt. She was a character. I think that’s the awful tragedy. The loss of a life is one thing, the loss of the lifetime is the thing that hurts more.”

He shared fond memories of Mabli, recalling how she would distract him while he worked from home. “Very often she’d come and sit on my knee, while I was trying to work, and help me type various things. We’d end up watching some nursery rhymes or some dancing fruit. In the end, I’d give up trying to work. We used to have a lot of fun.”

In the wake of the tragedy, a purple heart has become a motif for the family, symbolising their love and loss. Mr Sambrook expressed gratitude for the support they have received, saying, “It’s been an inspiration despite the sadness.”

Mabli’s parents, Gwen and Rob Hall from Neath, laid tributes near the spot where their daughter was fatally injured. Supported by friends and family, they placed flowers, teddy bears, lights, and cards in her memory at a tree near the hospital entrance. The family also attended a private memorial service at the hospital.

At the opening of the inquest into her death, the family released a statement describing their pain and grief as “indescribable”. They said, “During this terribly painful time, we still have no answer to the central question we inevitably ask regarding the tragic loss of our beautiful baby girl.”

The driver of the BMW, along with their passenger and a pedestrian who was also hit, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospital. Dyfed-Powys Police have stated that the investigation is ongoing and that specialist officers continue to support the family. No arrests have been made.

Hywel Dda Health Board’s Chief Executive, Prof Philip Kloer, extended his condolences, saying, “Our thoughts and sympathies are with Mabli’s family at this time, she will always be remembered by us.”

As the family grapples with their grief, they find solace in the memories of Mabli’s short yet joyful life, while the community continues to offer its support during this heartbreaking time.

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West Wales firm fined £75,000 after man killed by escaped cow

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A WEST WALES company has been fined £75,000 following the death of a 75-year-old man, Huw Evans, who was killed by a cow that had escaped from a livestock market. The incident occurred on November 19, 2022, at Whitland Livestock Market in Carmarthenshire, operated by J.J. Morris Limited.

Father-of-two Mr Evans was crossing the junction at North Road and West Street in Whitland when the cow, which was being auctioned, escaped from the market pen. The animal attacked Mr Evans, knocking him down and trampling him. He suffered multiple injuries and was airlifted to the University Hospital of Wales, where he succumbed to his injuries six days later.

A worker from J.J. Morris Limited was also injured during an unsuccessful attempt to recapture the cow. The cow eventually made its way towards Whitland Rugby Club and a railway line before being subdued and put down by Dyfed-Powys Police.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the incident and found that J.J. Morris Limited had failed to implement essential physical control measures to prevent cattle from escaping. The HSE concluded that the company’s risk assessment was inadequate, referencing control measures that were not in place at the market.

J.J. Morris Limited, based in Haverfordwest, admitted to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company was fined £75,000 and ordered to pay £5,047.55 in costs by Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, June 20.

In court, Mr Evans’ son, Dafydd, expressed his grief, saying: “Dad was my best friend, and I miss him terribly. He was taken from us too soon. Losing dad has had a tremendous effect on both myself and my brother. Because of this incident, dad’s grandsons will never fully know him personally, and he will not see them grow up.”

Following the hearing, HSE inspector Rhys Hughes remarked, “This tragic incident was foreseeable and preventable. The risk posed by cattle escaping from the livestock mart should have been identified, and effective control measures implemented. The case highlights the importance of following industry guidance, which is readily accessible and outlines the requirements to safely manage cattle.”

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