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Not just any barbecue at the Point

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Charcoal making: Point Youth Club Fishguard members with Ranger Richard Vaughan.

Charcoal making: Point Youth Club Fishguard members with Ranger Richard Vaughan.

YOUNG people from Fishguard have been getting a taste of the great outdoors this summer as part of a joint project with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

National Park Authority staff have been working with the Point Youth Club in Fishguard to produce barbecue charcoal made from surplus logs supplied by Cilrhedyn Woodland Centre, which is owned by the Authority.

National Park Authority Ranger (North) Richard Vaughan said: ‘It takes roughly two days to make charcoal and the young people have helped with every stage of the process.

‘Authority staff have worked with the Point on a range of outdoor projects over the years including the John Muir Award, Duke of Edinburgh Award tasters days, 60 4 60, the Point Garden and Clay Oven Project, National Park coastal walks, camping and conservation work. But we have never tried this before and it worked fantastically well.’

The young people helped to cut the logs, lay them in a drum, light the surrounding fire and seal the kiln (a large drum).

The following day the charcoal was removed from the kiln, ready to use for a barbecue which was enjoyed at the Point afterwards.

Point Youth Worker Jetse Martin, who was involved in the project, said: ‘This was a great project for the young people; it took them out of their comfort zone and helped them gain new life experiences that they otherwise may never have had.

‘You could see that all the young people involved really enjoyed the experience and the satisfaction of bringing charcoal home that they had made had a positive effect on their confidence and self-esteem, which was great to see.’

Point Manager Zoe Davies said: ‘It is great to be able to offer the young people a chance to learn to get active outdoors, to use the natural environment  to learn how to handle risks and how to use their own initiative to help solve problems and to co-operate with others. It has been a very successful and popular summer activity.’

Cilrhedyn Woodland Centre is owned and managed by the National Park Authority, and sources wood from a 250-hectare sustainable woodland in the Gwaun Valley.

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Milford Haven father of two sadly dies following medical emergency in Mount Estate

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A MAN was found unresponsive, and sadly later passed away in The Mount Estate, Milford Haven on Wednesday evening (Dec 9).

Police vehicles and an ambulance responded to a call coming from Chestnut Way just before midnight, but despite the excellent efforts of the paramedics attending, the man could not be revived.

The man who passed away has been named locally as Paddy McManamon, age 30, a well known local and a father of two young children.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed to The Pembrokeshire Herald by way of an official statement: “At 11.45pm on Wednesday, 7 December, police were called to Chestnut Way, Mount state, Milford Haven, after a male was found unresponsive.

“The male sadly passed away.

“His death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Paddy McManamon’s cousin, Tara-Jade Riley paid tribute on social media saying: “We had some awful news our lovely cousin has passed away.

“You were such an amazing person but now you have gained your wings.

“So go and have a Guinness up there with our Nans and give them both a big hug from us all.

“Such a young man will be sadly missed by all of us – until we meet again, God bless you.”

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Christmas Gift Subscription wins £10,000!

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Carol Ormond with daughter Collette, granddaughter Ellie and great granddaughter Polly

THE PEMBROKESHIRE LOTTERY has awarded one lucky player a massive £10,000 in their Christmas Superdraw. 

The Superdraw was held on Wednesday, December 7 and the winner was Mrs Carol Ormond from Pembroke with lottery number 48095.

After Carol’s name was announced on 102.5 Radio Pembrokeshire, the team at the Pembrokeshire Lottery made contact with her and presented the winning cheque later that day. The win was made extra special as Mrs Ormond’s lottery membership was a Gift Subscription from her daughter last Christmas. Accompanying her were daughter Collette, granddaughter Ellie and great granddaughter Polly.

The normal weekly £2,000 draws now continue until the next monthly Superdraw for £4,000 on January 4. However, as the Lottery celebrates it’s 30 th Anniversary next year, there will be higher prize amounts than usual as the 3 x £8,000 draws in March, June and September will all be increased to £10,000!

Pembrokeshire Lottery Gift Subscriptions make ideal gifts for anyone and can be purchased for either 6 months or a full year. To order yours or to join up to play yourself, ring the Pembrokeshire Lottery on 01646 690800.

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Four rescued following early morning mayday call

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FOUR fishermen have been rescued in the early hours of this morning (December 7) after their vessel is said to have hit rocks near Skomer Island.

The Coastguard received a mayday call from the stricken vessel just before midnight, with lifeboat crews from Angle and St Davids sent to assist.

The crew abandoned the vessel and were located in a life raft nearby and were taken onboard the Angle lifeboat.

Milford Haven Coastguard have confirmed that no injuries have been reported and the crew were safely brought ashore at Milford Haven.

Arrangements are being made to recover the fishing vessel and to assess whether there is any pollution.

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