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Service marks memorial for stillborn babies

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At the service: Rev Geoffrey Eynon; James Allen, Superintendent and Registrar; Shane Morgan of Tom Newing & Son; Canon Geoffrey Gwyther; Robin Folland of Roy Folland & Son; Elfyn Evans, former gravedigger City Road Cemetery; Pat James and Father Liam Bradley.

At the service: Rev Geoffrey Eynon;
James Allen, Superintendent and
Registrar; Shane Morgan of Tom
Newing & Son; Canon Geoffrey
Gwyther; Robin Folland of Roy
Folland & Son; Elfyn Evans, former
gravedigger City Road Cemetery; Pat
James and Father Liam Bradley.

ON MONDAY (Sept 29), a memorial was unveiled at a special remembrance service in order to remember Pembrokeshire’s lost children. Members of the public attended the service at City Road Cemetery, Haverfordwest, placing flowers around the memorial to remember the hundred’s of stillborn babies in Pembrokeshire, who lie in unmarked graves. Maureen Colgan, aged 80 of Pembroke Dock lost two babies over 50 years ago, and said the memorial helped a lot. She said: “I have grieved every year since I lost them and I have never forgotten them. In those days, nothing was done when your babies died.

I did not even know where they were buried. The memorial means a lot.” Between 1928 and 1975, it is estimated that 400 stillborn babies were born. At that time, it was also common practice to take them from their mothers without any ritual. Most of the babies were buried at City Road Cemetery, and the memorial is the culmination of years of campaigning by Pat James from Milford Haven, who is Pembrokeshire County Council’s Crematorium Assistant at Parc Gwyn, Narberth. Pat said she is pleased that parents would not be able to get ‘closure’.

She said: “Today, parents of stillborn babies are given a chance to say goodbye to their children with proper burials or cremations, but it wasn’t always so in the past. I hope this new memorial will give those mothers and fathers some solace. Hopefully it will be a place for them to come and reflect.” Pat thanked those who had contributed to the funding, such as J Cecil Jones of Monumental Masons in Swansea, Milford Haven funeral director Tom Newing and Sons, and Haverfordwest undertaken Roy Folland and Sons, who provided four trees to mark the area.

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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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Welsh craft activities, singing, games, story time and Sion Corn at Crymych Library

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CHRISTMAS celebrations will be starting early this year at Crymych Library.

On the morning of Saturday, December 10, from 10.30 am, there will be a morning of Welsh Language craft activities, singing and games for young children at the library.

There will also be a Welsh Language story time session at the library from 11.30am.

As well as the fun, there will also be a chance to meet a very special visitor, Sion Corn, before he gets busy with his Christmas deliveries.

If you’d like to join the fun, please register in advance by e-mailing bethan@mentersirbenfro.com

Hurry, as spaces are limited.

Crymych Library is located on the Ysgol Bro Preseli campus in Crymych.

The library is open for seven hours a week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4-6 pm and on Saturday mornings from 10am. to 1pm. For more information, please contact the library on (01239) 832092.

This event is being organised in conjunction with Menter Iaith Preseli and is funded by the Welsh Government.

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Park Authority sponsorship boost for Boxing Day Swim’s belated half century

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PEMBROKSEHIRE Coast National Park Authority says that it is delighted to be one of the main sponsors of this year’s Tenby Boxing Day Swim.

The popular event will mark its belated 50th anniversary this year, after Covid-19 enforced cancellations of the event in 2020 and 2021.

Chair of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Di Clements said: “The Authority is delighted to be helping this well-supported community event celebrate its half-century landmark, especially as the National Park celebrates its own notable 70-year milestone this year.

“We hope this support will help raise much needed funds for a range of local causes, recognise the efforts of the brave participants and link to the Authority’s wider winter of well-being support programme, helping communities across the Park to stay well this winter.”

Chairman of the Tenby Sea Swimming Association, Chris Osborne added: “The swim’s stunning location on Tenby’s North Beach calls for continuing collaboration between community events organisers, like Tenby Sea Swimming Association, and environmental custodians such as the Park Authority.

“These joint anniversaries, and this generous sponsorship for which we are very grateful, are a choice way of celebrating this partnership.”

The 2022 Tenby Boxing Day Swim is raising money for the Tenby Memory Café, the Dai Rees Foundation, Tenby RNLI and the Paul Sartori Foundation.

Swimmers are asked to register online and make a small donation to help cover the cost of organising the event, which will ensure more of the sponsorship money raised goes to the chosen good causes.

For further information, visit www.tenbyboxingdayswim.co.uk, or follow Tenby Boxing Day Swim on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Caption: National Park Authority Chair, Cllr Di Clements with Tenby Sea Swimming Association Chairman, Chris Osborne.

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