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Honouring the fallen: Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday events in your area

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As the nation prepares to pay tribute to the brave souls who fought and sacrificed in past conflicts, communities across Pembrokeshire, Whitland, and St Clears gear up for a series of events marking Armistice Day on November 11 and Remembrance Sunday on November 12. Here is a detailed overview of the solemn ceremonies and parades taking place in various towns:

Aberaeron

  • November 11: Memorial service at Aberaeron Town Hall, Market Street
  • November 12: Remembrance service at Holy Trinity Church, Aberaeron (11am)
  • November 12: Wreath-laying and remembrance service at Memorial Hall, Aberaeron (3pm)

Aberporth

  • Act of Remembrance at St Cynwyl Church (10.45am) alongside Holy Communion

Blaenporth

  • Act of Remembrance at St David Church (5pm)

Cardigan

  • Remembrance service at the Cenotaph (10.40am) on November 12
  • Contact Jean Whitmore in advance for wreath-laying on behalf of organizations
  • Refreshments at Cardigan Bowling Club after the service

Cilgerran

  • Remembrance service at Castle Gates (10.45am)

Eglwyswrw

  • Act of Remembrance at St Cristiolus Church (10.15am)
  • St Cristiolus Church will also hold a remembrance service (10.15am)

Fishguard

  • Parade at 9.30am, followed by a service of Remembrance at the church (9.45am)
  • Wreath-laying at the War Memorial after the service

Goodwick

  • Parade on High Street at 2.30pm, leading to a service at the memorial (3pm)

Haverfordwest

  • Remembrance service at the Cenotaph on Salutation Square after a parade (assembling at Cambria House car park from 10am)

Llandysul

  • Remembrance service at St Barnabas Church, Velindre (10am)

Milford Haven

  • Service at the Hubberston and Hakin Community Centre (November 10, 2pm)
  • Parade assembles at Town Hall (10.30am) for a service at the Cenotaph in Hamilton Terrace (11am)

Narberth

  • Parade around the town at 9.30am, followed by a service at the Baptist Chapel
  • Act of Remembrance at Narberth’s Cenotaph (11am) with wreath-laying

Nevern

  • Remembrance service at St Brynach Church (9.30am)
  • Remembrance service at Dinas Memorial (10.50am)

New Quay

  • Remembrance service at New Quay Memorial Hall (10.45am)

Newcastle Emlyn

  • Parade starting from Emlyn Square (9.30am), followed by a service at Holy Trinity Church (10am)

Newport

  • Procession (starting at 10.30am) leading to a remembrance service at Newport Memorial Hall (10.45am)
  • Another remembrance service at St Michael’s Church, Penbryn (11.15am) alongside morning prayer

Pembroke Dock

  • Parade starting at Albion Square on Sunday at 2.30pm
  • Outdoor service at St John’s Church at 3pm

Pembroke

  • Meet at Town Hall at 10.30am for a parade to the cenotaph for 11am
  • Full service at St Mary’s Church

Penbryn

  • Remembrance service at St Michael’s Church alongside morning prayer (11.15am)

Saundersfoot

  • Parade to the Cenotaph at 10.45am
  • Service at St Issells Church

St Clears

  • Solemn service at the town War Memorial on November 11
  • Remembrance service at St Mary Magdalene Church (9am to 12midday)
  • Remembrance service at the Memorial Hall (10.30am)

St Davids

  • Parade starting at Oriel Park at 10.30am
  • Service and wreath-laying at St David’s Cathedral at 11am

Talgarreg

  • Remembrance service (9.30am)

Whitland

  • Remembrance Day concert at Ysgol Dyffryn Taf (November 11, 7.30pm)
  • Simultaneously, a solemn service at the town War Memorial in St Clears

(More to follow)

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New health concerns over Withyhedge Landfill site emissions

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LEVELS of a potentially harmful gas emitted by the Withyhedge Landfill Site have been recorded above World Health Organization (WHO) guideline levels, according to a recent report. Public Health Wales (PHW) conducted a health risk assessment on air quality data collected between 1 March and 3 April 2024 in the surrounding area.

The data indicates that during March and April, hydrogen sulphide, a colourless gas with a distinctive “eggy” smell, exceeded the WHO’s odour annoyance guideline. PHW warns that exposure to such odours can cause symptoms like headaches, nausea, dizziness, watery eyes, stuffy nose, irritated throat, cough or wheeze, sleep disturbances, and stress.

PHW stresses the importance of addressing the source of these offsite odours to mitigate potential health impacts on the local community. Despite an enforcement deadline passing last month, residents continue to report gas and odour issues in their homes daily.

“These are common reactions to unpleasant smells, and these effects should usually pass once the odour has dissipated,” PHW stated. “The long-term health risk is low.”

In response to the health risk assessment, PHW advises residents to keep doors and windows closed when the odours are present and seek medical advice if they feel unwell. However, they caution against blocking windows or vents completely, as these are crucial for ventilation and controlling dampness. Once the outdoor smell subsides, opening windows and doors can help eliminate any remaining odours inside.

Work to cap the landfill site has been completed, and PHW has welcomed plans to install static air monitoring equipment around the site to capture more detailed data. Dr. Sarah Jones, a consultant in environmental public health for PHW, acknowledged the stress and anxiety local residents are experiencing due to the odours. She emphasised the importance of resolving the issue swiftly and assured that the health risk assessment would be updated as new data becomes available.

Gaynor Toft, Chair of the Air Quality Group for the Multi-Agency Incident Management team, noted that the risk assessment from PHW is being used to refine and develop the air quality monitoring programme. Suitable locations for static monitoring equipment are being identified to ensure robust data collection for future assessments.

Huwel Manley of Natural Resources Wales (NRW) confirmed that NRW would continue to use its regulatory powers to drive improvements at the site and address the causes of the odour affecting the community. NRW had given RML, the company operating the landfill, until mid-May to undertake several remedial actions to control gas emissions.

The Pembrokeshire Herald has reached out to NRW for a detailed update on the current situation at the site. The community remains hopeful for a swift resolution to these ongoing health and environmental concerns.

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Local projects benefit from Sustainable Development Fund grants

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SEVEN local projects have benefited from over £70,000 of funding through the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund supports community-led projects in and around the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park that contribute towards a reduction in carbon and help respond to the climate emergency.

In the latest round of funding, grants were awarded to Southern Roots Organics, Narberth Museum, and the Crymych Arms Community Pub to install Solar PV systems. Additionally, the Narberth and District Community and Sports Association received funding to upgrade their existing Solar PV system and improve the energy efficiency of their squash court lighting. As well as generating new low-carbon electricity and offsetting higher carbon grid electricity consumption, these projects will reduce ongoing electricity costs for these organisations.

Cosheston Community Hall was another beneficiary, receiving support from the Fund to construct a bike shed. This project aims to encourage more people to cycle to the Hall, promoting sustainable travel within the community.

In Marloes, SDF funding has paved the way for the village clock to be retrofitted with low-energy and Dark-Skies-friendly illumination, which will reduce both energy consumption and light pollution in the area.

The VC Gallery also received funding to upgrade to more energy-efficient windows and doors, which will create a warmer community space and contribute to lower carbon emissions.

Jamie Leatham from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority said: “These grants represent our continued commitment to addressing the Climate Emergency, supporting community-led projects that improve sustainability and reduce carbon emissions.”

“By funding initiatives like Solar PV installations, energy-efficiency upgrades, and sustainable transportation solutions, we are helping our communities to reduce emissions, generate their own low-carbon energy, and raise awareness to promote a greener, more resilient future for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.”

The Sustainable Development Fund consists of money allocated from the Welsh Government Sustainable Landscapes Sustainable Places Fund.

Further information can be found at www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/sustainable-development-fund.

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Teenage town crier rings in a new era for Tenby

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TENBY has ushered in a new era with the appointment of its first female town crier, Erin Morgan. At just 17, Erin is not only making history in the resort town but is also carrying on a family tradition, standing beside her father, Dai Morgan, who serves as the town mayor.

Erin, a student at Pembrokeshire College, is fulfilling a vision long held by the late John ‘Yobbler’ Thomas, one of Tenby’s most esteemed town criers, who believed that a young person should take up the iconic bell.

Erin’s inaugural engagement as town crier was a poignant one, accompanying her father to Tenby’s D-Day procession to Castle Hill. There, she opened the beacon lighting ceremony by reading the official D-Day International Tribute, marking a proud and memorable start to her tenure.

Adding to the occasion, former Yeoman of the Guard Spike Abbott made his debut as Sergeant at Arms, joining the mayoral party for the first time.

Erin’s appointment was confirmed at the recent town council meeting, where she spoke passionately about her love for Tenby and the significance of the town crier role in preserving local traditions.

Erin, who is also a young leader with Tenby Guides, expressed her desire to see greater youth involvement in the town’s activities. She hopes that her position will help foster a stronger sense of community and bring people together through the town council’s initiatives.

(Image: Gareth Davies Photography)

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