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MP and St Davids community ‘united in opposition’ to bank branch closure

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WITH the closure of the last remaining bank branch in St Davids planned for the November 27, local Member of Parliament, Stephen Crabb, has taken the fight right to the top of Lloyds Bank.

After an extensive consultation with local residents of the UK’s smallest city, through a local banking survey, the MP was able to gain an understanding of the impact that the bank closure would have on the community. Armed with evidence, he has written to Charlie Nunn, CEO of Lloyds Bank requesting that the mobile banking van is used in St Davids, as an alternative to the branch.

Not only set to lose the bank branch, the city will also be losing its only free to use ATM, which will be removed when the bank closes its doors. Stephen has been in negotiation with LINK to secure a new location for an ATM and a contract with a new provider is imminent – which looks likely to result in some positive news for the community.

Under the current offer, Lloyds have agreed to provide a Community Banker to help advise people on other forms of banking access, but are directing its customers to use the facilities of the nearby Post Office counter located in CKs Supermarket for paying in and withdrawing cash.

Lloyds bank have cited declining customer numbers using the branch which has resulted in the location not being sustainable.

Stephen Crabb MP commented,

“From day one I have been in touch with Lloyds on behalf of the community, and with LINK, to talk through the situation in St Davids and look for options for local residents.”

“I received so many replies to my banking survey from residents in St Davids which demonstrates just how strongly people feel about this issue locally, and how important local banking services are for so many in the community.”

“It was very helpful to hear local views on the impact of the closure of the Lloyds Bank branch in the city and the future options for residents. This has come in very useful in my ongoing discussions with both Lloyds and LINK, in particular on maintaining access to cash in St Davids.”

He added, “I have recently had a further meeting with LINK and I’m pleased to confirm that a site has been identified for the ATM and negotiations with an operator are progressing well – I am hopeful that this will be positive news for the community.”

In his letter to Charlie Nunn, CEO of Lloyds Bank, Stephen Crabb states that “Given that Lloyds Bank has the last branch in the community, this closure has raised significant concerns about the loss of important financial services in rural, isolated communities like St Davids, and represents the need for a fundamental shift in perspective for residents living there in terms of future accessibility and ability to meet their banking needs.”

It later states that “Based on the strong evidence received from the community, I would like to request whether the mobile van could be considered for use in St Davids – which would enable people to transition to a new way of banking.”

Stephen Crabb is awaiting a response to his letter from Lloyds Bank and plans on keeping the community informed of any updates.

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Youth set to appear in court over serious sexual offences

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A 19-YEAR-OLD MAN from Milford Haven, will appear in court charged with a string of serious sexual offences.

Nathan John, of Richard John Road, Milford Haven, will face the bench at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court later today (Jul 12), accused of committing multiple crimes on October 2, 2022.

The court will be told that John is accused committing two counts of rape. Additionally, the defendant is accused of committing sexual assault, and causing a female over 13 to engage in penetrative sexual activity against her will.

The court also heard that John created indecent photographs of children and possessed extreme pornographic images featuring animals.

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10-mile trek raises £1,000 for stroke unit

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A TEAM of 18 from CARA Wales took on a 10-mile trek and raised £1,000 for the Stroke Ward at Withybush Hospital.

The team from CARA Wales, an agricultural and rural consultancy and advice organisation, walked across the Preseli Mountains from Foel Drygan to Foel Eryr on 17th June 2023.

Mererid Sandbrook, who works for CARA Wales, said: “The walk started in Crymych and continued along the Golden Road up to Foel Eryr, the highest point of Preseli Mountain. It was a really enjoyable day.

“We were all really pleased to have raised such a great amount of money. We would like to thank everyone who donated money towards our challenge.”

They also raised £1,000 for Stroke Association.

Nicola Llewelyn, Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to CARA Wales for taking on the 10-mile trek in aid of the Stroke Ward.

“The support of our local communities enables us to provide services over and above what the NHS can provide in the three counties of Hywel Dda and we are extremely grateful for every donation we receive.”

Your donations are making a positive difference to the health, wellbeing and experience of NHS patients, service users and staff. For more details about the charity and how you can help support local NHS patients and staff, go to www.hywelddahealthcharities.org.uk

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Calls for help over VHF radio may have been a hoax, say RNLI

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THE ANGLE All-Weather Lifeboat was requested to launch on service at 10:23am this morning, Monday (July 22).

Following a call to the Coastguard from Milford Haven VTS, the crew were tasked after the VTS operators overheard a female voice calling for help on VHF channel 12.

After narrowing down the transmission to having been received on the Pembroke aerial site, the crew were requested to conduct a search.

Launching at 10:30am, the lifeboat made best speed to the moorings at Hazelbeach, and a hasty search was requested by the Coastguard of any moored vessels. The crew began making their way amongst the moorings, heading up to the moorings off Neyland. With nothing untoward sighted, the crew proceeded to search the moorings off Hobbs Point, Barnlake Point, Burton, Llanion and Rudders Boat Yard.

With nothing found, the Coastguard requested that the crew continue their search up river to Picton Point. The lifeboat continued searching up the western shore encompassing Llangwm before altering course just past Landshipping and searching the eastern shore back down the river, calling in to Lawrenny on the way to check any vessels moored there.

The RNLI said that the search continued back down as far as the Cleddau Bridge.

On Facebook the organisation posted :”Following a thorough visual, communications and radar search the crew were subsequently stood down when no further information or calls had been received.

“The tasking was therefore deemed to be a hoax call.

“The lifeboat was back alongside and readied for further service by 1pm.”

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