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MP welcomes Pembrokeshire Charity founder to Downing Street



PRESELI Pembrokeshire MP, Stephen Crabb, welcomed a prominent local charity founder at the doors of Number 10 Downing Street for the annual St David’s Day reception.

Amanda Absalom Lowe – founder of Pembrokeshire, Care Share and Give – was invited by the Prime Minister to attend this prestigious event for Welsh businesses, cultural and sporting personalities following her recent Points of Light Award which she received from Rishi Sunak. Amanda was formally presented with her award last week by her MP, Stephen Crabb.

Amanda is the 1,985th person to receive the Points of Light award, which was first launched in April 2014 to recognise outstanding individuals making a positive change within their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

Another prominent Pembrokeshire person who was welcomed to Parliament on St David’s Day was Toby Ellis, Station Manager of Pure West Radio based in Haverfordwest. Toby had been invited to present evidence as part of the Broadcasting in Wales inquiry being carried out by the Welsh Affairs Committee, chaired by Stephen Crabb.

The Welsh Affairs Committee heard from Welsh local radio stations including Pure West, to explore concerns about the loss of local content from commercial radio and its impact on Welsh Language broadcasting. Toby was able to discuss the radio’s role in the local community across the County, its work in establishing Haverfordwest High Radio, and sharing experiences of UK Government and Ofcom support.

Pembrokeshire businesses were also in attendance at the annual St David’s Day Dinner 2023 as part of the Wales Week in London events held at the Guild Hall. Fishguard’s Stena Line, Port of Milford Haven and St David’s Gin Distillery were represented at the dinner which involved over 500 Welsh businesses.

Commenting on the St David’s Day activities, Stephen Crabb MP said,

“I was delighted to welcome Amanda at this special event in Downing Street. Amanda is a wonderful example of the positive impact people can have in their local community, and in inspiring others.  Amanda is a much-deserved winner of this prestigious Points of Light award and I am very pleased that she was part of the celebrations in London today.”

“It was good to have Toby Ellis in front of the panel of the Welsh Affairs Committee showcasing all the good work that he and his team have been doing at Pure West Radio to help strengthen and develop our community networks which is so important in our rural county.”

“ I am pleased that so many Pembrokeshire people were able to be part of the important St David’s Day celebrations and proceedings in and around Parliament – it all helps to provide the opportunity to fly the Pembrokeshire flag and for the County to be represented at these significant national occasions.”

Commenting on their social media site, Pembrokeshire Care, Share and Give said, “ Today Amanda had the privilege to visit no 10 with an invite from the Prime Minister. We all even got to get a selfie with Max Boyce. We also supported Toby at Pure West Radio today as Megan is part of the Haverfordwest High VC School radio. Thank you to Stephen Crabb MP and his admin staff for all their help and showing us around the Houses of Parliament. Its been a busy few days and we are proud to continue to support our community in Pembrokeshire.”

Pictured above: Stephen Crabb MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, pictured with Amanda Absalom Lowe outside Number 10 Downing Street before the Prime Minister’s St David’s Day reception.


Broad Haven’s Music Festival set to rock village



GET ready for an electrifying day of music and fun as the Havens Events Crew proudly presents the highly anticipated Broad Haven Music Festival. Scheduled for Saturday, July 20, from 3 PM to 11:30 PM, this event promises a vibrant mix of live bands, local talent, and a delightful BBQ, making it an unmissable occasion for music lovers and families alike.

The festival, at Broad Haven School Field, will feature an impressive lineup of performers. Attendees can look forward to the acoustic melodies of Cadence Acoustic, the energetic rhythms of Coastal Horizon, and the dynamic performances by Loose Change. These local bands are set to deliver a variety of genres, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

In addition to the musical performances, the festival will offer a range of delicious BBQ options, perfect for enjoying a summer evening outdoors. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a visitor, the Broad Haven Music Festival is an ideal opportunity to experience the local culture, connect with the community, and enjoy high-quality entertainment.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase at the Broad Haven Post Office and Lobster and Môr. Early acquisition is recommended to secure a spot at this popular event.

It promises to be a memorable day filled with music, food, and community spirit. The Broad Haven Music Festival is more than just a concert; it’s a celebration of local talent and a testament to the vibrant culture of our town. Don’t miss out on this fantastic event!

For more information, visit the Havens Events Crew’s official website or follow their social media pages for updates and announcements.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, July 20
  • Time: 3 PM – 11:30 PM
  • Location: Broad Haven School Field
  • Performers: Cadence Acoustic, Coastal Horizon, Loose Change
  • Tickets Available At: Broad Haven Post Office, Lobster and Môr

Be sure to mark your calendars and get your tickets soon – we look forward to seeing you there!

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England’s Euro 2024 semi-final victory captivates millions



ENGLAND’S Euro 2024 semi-final victory over the Netherlands garnered a peak audience of 20.3 million on ITV, cementing its status as the most-watched television programme of the year. Broadcasters are now hopeful that Sunday night’s final against Spain will attract over 30 million viewers, surpassing the numbers that tuned in for England’s Euro 2020 final defeat.

The overnight viewing figures, provided by ratings agency Digital-i, do not account for the millions who streamed the match on ITVX or watched in public venues. The coverage of Euro 2024 in the UK is split between the BBC and ITV, with the channels alternating first choices for matches in each round. ITV executives celebrated Jordan Pickford’s crucial penalty save against Switzerland, which secured another high-profile England match and delivered a substantial advertising boost to the channel.

Both the BBC and ITV will broadcast the final, with approximately a fifth of viewers typically opting for ITV over the BBC. Euro 2024 has demonstrated the enduring appeal of live sports broadcasting, which continues to draw massive audiences, particularly when the events are free to watch. Even matches not involving home nations have attracted significant viewership, with the Spain v France semi-final on BBC One peaking at 11 million viewers.

The Euros are part of the UK’s “crown jewel” sporting events, which include the football World Cup, Wimbledon, and the Olympics, all mandated by law to be shown on free-to-air channels. In contrast, other sports have opted for the higher revenue available from pay TV channels, resulting in substantially lower audiences for international matches. The England and Wales cricket board successfully lobbied in the 2000s to keep England test matches off the free-to-air list. Consequently, Jimmy Anderson’s farewell match against the West Indies at Lords, broadcast behind a paywall on Sky, attracted a peak audience of only about 700,000 viewers.

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Welsh Snooker star Michael White jailed for assaulting partner



A WELSH snooker star has been jailed after assaulting his then-partner. Michael White, 33, of Penshannel, Neath Abbey, assaulted the woman, causing actual bodily harm, on two separate occasions. The first incident occurred on February 12, 2022, and the second on December 10, 2022.

White pleaded guilty to the charges. A further charge of intentional strangulation on December 10 was directed to lie on file. White, whose snooker world ranking peaked at 15 in 2016, was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday, July 11, 2024.

He received a total jail term of 36 months – 19 months for the first incident and a consecutive 17 months for the second. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has announced that White has been removed from the world ranking list and the World Snooker Tour with immediate effect.

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