We are going into the final week of July 2020 and life is moving on fast. With changing rules and new guidelines almost on a daily basis, it is natural for us to feel concerned or worried about the consequences of current actions. The most important point is to keep ourselves safe and protected whilst embracing the new normal.
On with the news…
- The front page leads on the child rapist from Haverfordwest who has been handed a sentence of 18 years for a catalogue of sexual offences, some against children. The police have praised the victims for their courage.
- Angela Burns, member of the Senedd for South Pembrokeshire, has announced that she will not be standing in the next election.
- Visitors and locals have been informed that coastal bus services will be running but at a reduced rate due to the ongoing safety issue with Covid-19. From Monday 27th, all passengers must wear face covering whilst travelling on the buses.
- No new Covid-19 cases in the County – Public Health Wales has announced.
- People needing emergency care at A&E have been asked to phone first before attending, as services are remodelled in the wake of C-19. A telephone triage service will reassess the urgency of a patient’s care and direct people to the right place.
- PD Billy has been praised for sniffing out drugs in postal packages sent through Haverfordwest central sorting office.
- Tenby’s Mayor has reminded all visitors to observe ‘keep your distance’ rule when shopping in town centre.
- A missing elderly couple in their 80s were rescued by the police after an extensive search. The couple had fallen into a ditch but were found with only minor injuries.
- The Neyland Foodbank has supported up to 40 families during lockdown. The food is donated by other families within the community.
- Pembrokeshire Lifeguard and Coastguard crews have been busy last weekend. They attended to seven incidents rescuing casualties. If you are in danger or see an incident, please dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.
- Tributes are being paid to Tenby former Firefighter Martin Hurlow who died suddenly on Thursday 16th. Mr Hurlow was a well-known personality and respected member of the community. Our condolences to his wife Julie and daughters Carly, Jody, and Louise.
- Milford Haven School will lose it is Sixth Form. This is due to declining pupil numbers and reduced curriculum options.
- Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre will re-open on 28th July as lockdown restrictions have eased. Please see website for further details.
- Senior Councillors and officers will focus on specific areas in the recovery of Pembrokeshire from the pandemic over coming months. More information available on PCC website.
- PCC has sent a letter to all parents/carers of school age children in Pembrokeshire outlining the guidelines for September opening. All staff will return on 1st September followed by plan and prepare days building onto staggered return. All pupils will return to school on Monday 14th
- Summer Reading Challenge in Wales has been launched to keep young children entertained during the summer holidays. See summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
- Bluestone Resort is celebrating its 12th The first guests are arriving on 24th July.
- Shielding will end in Wales on 16th August – Welsh Government has announced. This decision will affect around 130000 people in Wales who have been shielding since the start of the pandemic.
- Smoking will be banned outside pubs, cafes, and restaurants if the Welsh Government proposals has the go ahead.
- Milford Haven Museum will not open this year because of the effects of the pandemic. This decision was made to keep all visitors and staff safe.
- Haven Holiday Parks have quashed rumours that there had been an outbreak of coronavirus at Kiln Park. They have stated that there is no truth in the rumours at any of their sites.
- Actor Stephen Graham who appears alongside Tom Hanks in the new film Greyhound has been holidaying in Tenby this week.
- Tenby’s Jubilee Play park has re-opened in line with Welsh Government measures. A list of guidelines is posted near the park.
- Tenby’s Park and Ride service will restart on Saturday 25th The daily bus service will operate from Saltern’s Car Park between 11am and 6pm.
- Saundersfoot Connect is mentioned celebrating 4 months birthday.
- Tenby’s Historic Fort St Catherine’s Island will welcome visitors from Friday 24th. Measures are in place to ensure safety of staff and visitors.
- Cycling and walking in Pembrokeshire is to receive a boost with £1.2 million Active Travel Grant from the Welsh Government. This is to encourage and enable more people to cycle and walk in their everyday lives to/from work and for leisure.
The idea of local news summary came to me at the start of the lockdown on 23rd March 2020. The idea was to support the local community who could not go to the shops to buy their newspapers and to keep everyone up to date with everchanging rules and regulations. As the weeks rolled on it became a valued and much read feature on Saundersfoot Connect FB page and then the website. However, after 18 weeks of summarising the news the time has come to say farewell and a huge thank you to all of you for your kind and supportive comments over the past 4 months. I have enjoyed the task and wish you a healthy and happy summer.
Keep Safe. Keep connected. Keep informed