Today the Welsh Government updated us on what the next phase of Coronavirus lockdown will look like for the upcoming weeks and how this will affect us here in Saundersfoot.

 

 

 

  • The front-page lead this week announces the 100th day since the telegraph first started reporting on the Virus. The first story was on February 6th detailing a Dinas Cross man who had direct experience of the situation in Xi’an in China.
  • Child Poverty in Pembrokeshire is announced as the second worst in Wales after Blaenau Gwent. A Spokesman for “End Child Poverty” has said that our Country’s children are now at severe risk of being swept deeper into poverty as a result of the pandemic and lockdown.
  • The fire at Griffithston farm on May 21st is featured with a picture of smoke rising above the village
  • A group of paragliders on the Preseli and a car buyer from Ireland were amongst those fined by police for disobeying Lockdown rules over the last bank holiday weekend.
  • Simon Hart MP has been widely criticised for a Tweet in which he said that it is now acceptable to travel up to 15 miles in Wales to fish, surf, exercise or play golf. This is contrary to the Welsh Government’s advice that says that driving to these activities is not allowed
  • There are concerns for the future of Tenby’s historic Imperial Hotel. The company that owns the Hotel has gone into liquidation. The Hotel will not reopen, and all tours and bookings have been cancelled. All staff are to be contacted by the liquidators about redundancy.
  • 89-year-old Ken Webster from Kilgetty has not only survived Coronavirus but has been discharged from hospital. Ken was in Withybush Hospital on Oxygen from March 27th to April 15th. He describes the wonderful care he received from staff but said that he felt very lonely at the time.
  • A body holding unit for up to 100 deceased people is being prepared in Fishguard. The units will provide chilled, safe, secure and dignified storage of the deceased in the county, should it be needed.
  • Plans are underway to reopen Pembrokeshire leisure centres in as safe a way as possible. No dates have been set as yet.
  • Haven Holiday parks aim to offer social distancing holidays from the end of July. Haven runs Kiln Park, Penally Court and Lydstep Beach centres.
  • Unpaid Carers are asked to share their views on shaping a new strategy to provide them with support and assistance. The survey can be accessed at: http://carmarthenshire.researchfeedback.net/s.asp?k=158825722283
  • Anyone with signs of the virus can now be tested in Wales. Critical workers can also order home test kits via the Uk -wide Key worker website
  • Year 11 students and their parents/carers are reminded to explore their education /training possibilities on http://www.openweek.dysguarlein.com
  • The Caldey swim event which raises money for the RNLI and other sea safety organisations has been cancelled
  • The Welsh Ambulance services online symptom checker which helps people determine if they may have the Coronavirus has received over 1 million visits. It is now available on the NHS 111 website
  • Well-being boxes for women and girls have been delivered locally by the Action for Children, Women and Girls Together Project. The packs contain feminine hygiene products, wellbeing advice leaflets as well as colouring books and pencils. Their Facebook page is womenandgirlstogether-pembrokeshire
  • Saundersfoot couple Duncan and Audrey Hilling are celebrating 70 years of marriage, their platinum anniversary. The couple both 94 met in Saundersfoot as youngsters, eventually marrying in 1950
  • More than 3300 slots were booked at Pembrokeshire waste recycling centres within 24 hours of being released. The Bulky household waste service has also been resumed. Contact the County Council by phone or website for details
  • RNLI lifeguards are still not being deployed on our beaches . It is estimated that when beaches reopen, due to recruitment difficulties associated with the virus only about 30% of beaches that are usually patrolled will have a service. This will of course include Pembrokeshire .
  • Council Scam Alert You are warned that scammers posing as Gov.uk branding have been telling residents that they are due hundreds of pounds of refunds . If you receive a message delete it and block the sender
  • Pembrokeshire County Council is asking residents to nominate their community champions. Send details to: communitychampions@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or facebook.com/CommunityChampPembs
  • Tea and Natter, a dementia support group via Zoom meets every Tuesday afternoon offering a chance to connect with people in a similar situation. Advisors from the Alzheimer’s society will also offer help. Contact Cherry Evans via messenger or email evans@pavs.org.uk
  • Pembrokeshire is counting the economic cost of the cancellation of all agricultural shows this year .The shows added many thousands of pounds to the local economy

 

 

 

  • Florence Football Club are running 100K to raise funds for their teammate Lewis Desforges who was injured in a traffic collision over the bank holiday weekend
  • Saundersfoot Connect and the good works by Flo Croxford and Seren/Bethany Rose are featured .
  • Those who are experiencing housing problems or facing eviction are urged to get help as soon as possible by the Housing Minister. The five major concerns appear to be: struggling to pay rent or mortgage, worries about eviction, getting urgent repairs done in rented homes, having a safe / suitable place to stay, self-isolating in shared accommodation. You are directed to the new Shelter Cymru or Welsh Governments housing website and the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
  • Tenby Post Office is to finally move to its new premises at the old National Park shop under the Ex-Servicemen’s Club. The move will happen Friday 3rd July
  • Mr Duncan Hilling who is celebrating his platinum wedding with his wife Audrey, has sent a letter to the Observer about his memories of old rituals in Saundersfoot like France Fair and the Treacle Bun Race .
  • The liberal Democrats have highlighted the plight of over 500 EU nationals living in Pembrokeshire, who have not been granted settlement status in The UK . The Liberal democrats are calling for the automatic right to stay for these people who are in limbo, many of whom are working in the NHS.

 

 

 

  • Although almost £39,415,000 million has been received by Pembrokeshire businesses, many are still waiting for funds to be approved and paid .
  • Paramedics have been assaulted by patients, who have refused to wear a surgical mask .
  • MP Stephen Crabb has appeared in an article that expresses his view that Dominic Cummings was wrong to travel to County Durham .
  • Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford has spoken directly in an interview to the Pembrokeshire Herald and The Western Telegraph. He states :
  • No return to business as usual . Many of the changes made in Health service provision will remain , such as online consultations with hospital specialists. Mr Drakeford argues that the Crisis could have made a stronger case for the closure of A and E at Withybush Hospital
  • Councils will need to continue to find new ways of working and maintaining community links. He also says that the Barnett Formula that determines the amount of money that Wales receives has proved its inadequacy in meeting the needs of the Welsh nation
  • Mr Drakeford says that Wales will remain cautious in the process of removing lockdown .
  • Pension Campaigners (WASPI) for women born in the 1950s are calling on local MPs to support their campaign to grant pensions to women who are suffering great hardship during the crisis .
  • There has been a call by the older people’s commissioner for Wales for an investigation into the situation around Coronavirus in rest homes in Wales
  • A new made in Wales Coronavirus blood test kit is about to be rolled out across the UK
  • The Welsh government has approved £650,000 to develop a new app to enable clinicians to have access to specialists in hospitals, to get quick correct treatment for patients .
  • There is an interesting letter to the Paper from an anonymous resident of Newport Pembs, who names and shames owners of holiday homes in the area who are “travelling back and fore “ between Rhondda, London , and Hong Kong. The writer says no action has been taken by the authorities against these families

 

 

  • Coronavirus restrictions in Wales are to be slightly relaxed from Monday
  • People from two different households are to be allowed to meet up outdoors, as long as they do not travel more than 5 miles and continue to observe social distancing rules .
  • In Wales we will be allowed to travel up to 5 miles to visit friends and relatives …This is open to a larger range for those in more rural areas, who may need to travel further afield
  • The level of 999 calls for ambulances is returning to normal following a significant drop in demand earlier in the crisis.
  • 600 people have been recruited as contact tracers for the Welsh Governments new Trace and Track System which will be launched on Monday.
  • MP Simon Hart -Secretary of State for Wales has admitted that no MP in the UK has been left unfrustrated by the Dominic Cummings events
  • No new Covid19 cases are reported in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire or Ceredigion Yesterday . (Thursday 28th May ) Across Wales a further 14 people died with confirmed COVID19 conditions , bringing the total to 1307. There were a further 72 confirmed case of the virus in Wales, bringing that total to 13,725.
  • 4,500 easyJet worker are set to lose their jobs.

 

My dreams have come true at last … Under an article entitled Healthy Living is a recipe for Microwave steamed pudding. Just add, Jam, treacle, or golden syrup … or perhaps all three. It would be rude not to and it is all healthy as the Pembrokeshire Herald says so, so it must be true!!!

Keep Safe. Keep connected. Keep informed

 

Scott Harper 

 

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