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Ascona’s new Partnership with Milford Haven Round Table

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PEMBROKESHIRE BASED Ascona Group has said it is delighted to announce an exciting new sponsorship partnership with Milford Haven Round Table for 2024.

Part of the Largest Voluntary Organisation for Young Men, Milford Haven Round Table is a charitable organisation committed to organising events that foster community spirit and support local causes.

In 2024, Ascona’s new sponsorship partnership with Milford Haven Round Table will ensure that many of the region’s cherished local events will continue to be hosted throughout the year.

Ascona will be the exclusive sponsor of the Milford Haven Round Table Fireworks Extravaganza on Bonfire Night, 5th November 2024. As with prior years, the event will see a brilliant fireworks display alongside live performances from some exciting musicians and will be free for anyone to attend. More information on this event will be announced later this year.

Other key events that Ascona will sponsor in 2024 include:

  • Charity Golf Day on Friday, 19th April 2024. As part of the day, there will be an exciting range of top prizes to be won by participants.
  • The Milford Haven Big Beer Festival 2024 on Saturday, 25th May 2024. Having been a sponsor for the last two years, the Beer Festival will be held in the Ascona Group Marquee and promises to be an amazing day that’s full of merriment and live music.
  • The Milford Haven Carnival on Saturday, 6th July 2024. The carnival promises to be a fun day for the whole family with a full line up of activities that everyone can enjoy, still to be announced.

Darren Briggs, Founder and CEO of Ascona Group, commented: “Our local communities benefit hugely from the many different local events that bring families and friends together each year. These events help everyone to enjoy themselves at different points during the year and we are thrilled to be working with the Milford Haven Round Table to ensure some of the great moments in the local calendar can be hosted again this year.

“At Ascona, we place a huge amount of importance on supporting the local communities where we operate so it’s with great excitement that we are entering into this new partnership and can support Milford Haven as we put on a series of brilliant events this year.”

Ascona boss: Darren Briggs

Rob Allen, Vice-Chairman of the Milford Haven Round Table, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Darren and his team at Ascona this year. We have a brilliant schedule for 2024 that culminates in our firework extravaganza in November. Their support not only ensures the continuation of our beloved events but it also means we can make sure they get better, more fun and more exciting for everyone every year. We are deeply thankful for their continued support and commitment to helping our local community.”

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Hub Cymru Africa announces Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel as its new host

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TEN years after the founding of Hub Cymru Africa partnership, the Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel will take over as the new host-partner, replacing the Welsh Centre for International Affairs.

Following 10 years as hosts of the Hub Cymru Africa Partnership, the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA) will be replaced as host partners by the Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP). WCIA will continue to remain a member of the partnership.

The Hub Cymru Africa Partnership does important work in supporting the global solidarity sector, and the Wales and Africa Community. We will continue to do this.

SSAP has brought invaluable expertise to the Hub Cymru Africa partnership from inclusion, diversity and our ongoing Reframing the Narrative project. This next phase of the Partnership will build on this work into the future, with an African diaspora-led organisation at the helm.

Announcing the move, Head of Hub Cymru Africa, Claire O’Shea said: “We’re grateful for the leadership and role that WCIA has given to the partnership and the global solidarity sector over the last ten years.”

“As we continue our work to better represent and serve our partners here in Wales and in Africa, and implement our values of justice and anti-racism, it is right that SSAP steps in as the new host of Hub Cymru Africa.”

Fadhili Maghiya, CEO of SSAP said: “The Wales and Africa Programme has grown from strength to strength over the years. Built on mutuality, lifelong connections and learning from each other, the programme has grown into a vibrant sector working in global solidarity. Through the inclusion agenda and important projects such as the Race Equality Action Plan, the sector is always pushing boundaries and involving communities across Wales. 

“I’m looking forward to continuing this work and building on our successes as the new hosts of the Hub Cymru Africa Partnership.”

Dr Gill Richardson, Co-Chair of WCIA said: “I’d like to thank the amazing Hub Cymru Africa team for all they’ve done over the past 10 years that WCIA has had the privilege to host. We celebrate all that has been achieved in supporting the Wales and Africa community, led by its head, Claire O’Shea.

“This new phase of Hub Cymru Africa will see our close partner, SSAP, host the partnership. This is an important evolution in Hub Cymru Africa’s story. We are still supporting the Partnership, but now is the right time to hand on the baton of leadership. We look forward to supporting Hub Cymru Africa going from strength to strength in the future.”

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Bags of Books returns to Milford Haven and surrounding areas this Easter

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THE INFAMOUS Bags of Books is set to return to Milford Haven and surrounding areas over the Easter holidays.

Milford Haven School who launched the project with Milford Youth Matters over 3 years ago are continuing in their bid to improve literacy skills and encourage a love of reading for pleasure by giving away over 700 books.

Thanks to funding from the South Hook LNG Community grant they have purchased books for young people of all ages and reading abilities and will be hanging them on the fences of the schools in their catchment area.

The community are invited to come and choose a book from the following locations over the Easter holidays:

  • Neyland Community Primary School – Monday 25th March
  • Johnston Community Primary School – Tuesday 26th March
  • Coastlands Primary School – Wednesday 27th March
  • Gelliswick Primary School – Tuesday 2nd April
  • Milford Haven Community Primary – Wednesday 3rd April
  • St Francis Community Primary – Wednesday 3rd April

Milford Haven Secondary School will also hang over 150 books on their fence after the Easter Holidays on Wednesday 10th April for those in our community who cannot attend the other locations.

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St Davids RNLI tasked to assist yacht with gearbox issues

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ST DAVID’S RNLI were requested to assess a 41 foot yacht with gearbox issues by HM Coastguard at 5:53pm on Thursday (Mar 21).

All-weather lifeboat Norah Wortley launched and headed in lumpy seas three nautical miles north of St Davids head where the yacht with two people on board was drifting.

Upon assessment, deputy Coxswain Mike Phillips made the decision that undertaking a tow was necessary and the safest way to assist the casualties.

The towed vessel was returned to the nearest safe and suitable port at Fishguard harbour where RNLI Fishguard Lifeboat provided St Davids volunteers with a welcome coffee break.

The charity’s lifeboat returned to station at St Davids at 11:30pm.

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