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PRU pupils win green awards

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JohnMuirPRUSTUDENTS at Pembrokeshire County Council’s Pupil Referral Unit in Neyland have been learning to care for the environment.
Twelve pupils aged between 12 and 14 successfully completed John Muir Awards over the summer term.
Launched in 1997 by the John Muir Trust, the award scheme aims to promote an awareness and concern for the environment among young people.
Under the scheme youngsters are encouraged to discover and explore wild places and learn how to conserve and take responsibility for it.
To achieve their certificates, the PRU pupils spent at least five days outside over a 12-week period.
The youngsters spent two days geocaching (an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS devices) in Stepaside and Canaston Woods.
They also spent another three days working alongside Tom Moses, the Discovery Ranger for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, learning outdoor skills such as foraging for food, identifying trees, pond dipping, fire craft and building shelters.
The outoor experience culminated in a week’s camping at Starman’s Hall at Freshwater West, where the youngsters were able to put their newly acquired skills into practice.
The pupils were presented with their certificates at a special presentation earlier this month.
Eleven received their Discovery Award, while Alan Morris also received his Explorer Certificate.
“It has given me skills to use in the future and it has made me realise what I want to do in my future life,” he said. “It made me want to do my Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.”
Fellow pupil Brandon Sture said it had been an “amazing experience.
“I tried new things that I wouldn’t have tried before and because of it I became really good at it,” he said.
Staff who worked with the pupils – Claire Sommerville, Vicky Phillips and Matt Reay – also gained their Conserver Awards.
Vicky Phillips said outdoor learning was a very useful tool for pupils.
“We live in a beautiful part of the world that unfortunately many youngsters don’t get to appreciate because of modern day technology,” she said.
“By completing the Award, our pupils have not only gained a qualification, they have learned vital skills that they can use throughout their lives.”

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Public urged to take part in Council budget consultation

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MEMBERS of the public are being urged to participate in Pembrokeshire County Council’s budget consultation 2022-23.

Launched this week, the consultation asks the public where they think the Council needs to spend money, and where it can save it.

As part of the process, the Council has created an online budget simulator, which includes videos from Cabinet members talking about the financial pressure in their portfolio areas.
Cllr Bob Kilmister, Cabinet Member for Finance, encouraged all those interested in how the Council spends its funds to take part in the consultation.

“It’s very important that we hear from as many people in Pembrokeshire as possible,” he said.

“Like other Councils, we are once again facing significant budget pressures and understanding community and household priorities is vital in helping us to make the difficult choices necessary in setting the 2023-23 budget.

“We look forward to hearing from you.”

How to take part in the consultation:

Teams Live Stream event
Join a Teams Live Stream event on Wednesday 1st December from 7pm – 8pm. Put your budget questions directly to Cllr Kilmister or the Council’s Director of Resources, Jon Haswell, or listen to the discussion. Questions are welcomed in English and Welsh.

Budget Simulator
Give your views on the budget priorities for 2022–23 by using our Budget Simulator which is available at https://haveyoursay.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/

Download the survey and return to County Hall
Alternatively you can download and complete our hard copy Information and Response Form. Once complete please return to surveys@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or Pembrokeshire County Council, Policy & Partnerships, County Hall, Haverfordwest, SA61 1TP.

The consultation will end on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

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Milford Haven Council cancels annual Christmas lights switch-on event

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Council cancels Christmas lights

MILFORD Haven Town Council have announced that they will be cancelling the official switching on the Christmas lights event this year.  

The Christmas lights in Milford Haven will be turned on Wednesday, December 1 at 7pm. However, unlike previous years, this will not be an official event. 

In the past, the event would see Father Christmas switching the lights on while on a balcony at the Town Hall. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the official turning on of the lights is unable to go ahead.

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County Hall to be lit up in orange as part of UN campaign

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COUNTY HALL is being lit up in orange tonight (Thursday, 25 November) to highlight the United Nations campaign against gender violence #OrangeTheWorld: End Violence Against Women Now!

The UN is holding 16 days of activism against gender-based violence from 25th November to 10th December 2021 under the global theme set by the UN Secretary General’s UNiTE campaign.

Among the local groups supporting the worldwide campaign are Soroptimists International Haverfordwest which requested the illumination. “This is a campaign that, as a women’s group, we feel it very important to support,” said member Susie Blacklaw-Jones.

Council Leader Cllr David Simpson supported their request, saying: “This is an incredibly important issue and we are grateful to Soroptimist International Haverfordwest for helping to draw attention to the campaign and raise local awareness.”

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