INFO & FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
BUSINESS DIRECTORY (The Connectory)
THE CONNECTORY is a a great online resource to find businesses, small and large, in the local area.
Have a browse around THE CONNECTORY by clicking below and see what a fabulous range of local businesses are on there.
Saundersfoot Medical Centre, Westfield Road, Saundersfoot SA69 9JW Call 01834 815115
For further information, visit the Saundersfoot Medical Centre website by CLICKING HERE
There are a fabulous range of food retailers in the local area making it a pleasure to shop local.
To have a look around the Food Retail entries on The Connectory, CLICK HERE
LEISURE ACTIVITIES & WALKS
For information on all local libraries along with an e-reading service, CLICK HERE
B M Patel & Son, Pharmacy is in Saundersfoot Village, situated on The Strand, and is open Monday to Friday with a half-day on Saturday mornings. For more detailed information call 01834 812343or CLICK HERE.
To find an out of hours pharmacy, please go to the Pembrokeshire County Council website. There is a link below:
RESTAURANTS & CAFES
Below are useful website links for information on great restaurants, bars and cafes in the local area
If you have something that you are looking to sell, there are some great free Facebook pages designed specifically for that. A few links are below:
TAXIS & PRIVATE HIRE
TOILETS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
In Saundersfoot, public toilets can be found in the following locations:
REGENCY HALL CARPARK (opposite Regency Hall main entrance – open 24/7, paid for facility)
SAUNDERSFOOT HARBOUR (next-door to Saundersfoot Sailing Club, open dawn till dusk, free facility)
COPPET HALL BEACH (beneath Coast Restaurant, free facility)
WISEMAN’S BRIDGE (just by the stone road bridge, open 24/7, free facility)
For more information on the location of toilets, please visit the PCC website by CLICKING HERE
To view a list of venues to hire, activities and things to do, take a look at The Connectory by CLICKING HERE
VOLUNTEERING IN SAUNDERSFOOT
In Saundersfoot we have many groups of volunteers that work their magic throughout the village, for example, carrying out essential village and garden maintenance in places such as The Sensory Gardens or perhaps doing beach litter picks.
During the recent Covid-19 lockdown in the Spring of 2020, a special group of volunteers was assembled, its aim being to help those either self-isolating or who were living alone during the crisis and in need of help. The group was headed up by Cllr Phil Baker with a little bit of help from Sara Hicks and Sarah Whiddett of Team SaraH, Ladan Harper, Jackie Taylor and Dilys Hackett, the Chair of Saundersfoot Chamber for Tourism and some 80 volunteers remain on a list, should the need arise again for them to be called to action in the event of a further lockdown (which we are obviously hoping won’t happen).
Info cards, which were sponsored by The Saundersfoot Chamber for Tourism and The Community Council, were printed and delivered to over 2,000 local residences by the volunteers and subsequently prescriptions were collected, shopping was delivered, meals were donated and phone calls were made to keep those who were isolated from feeling too alone.
Phil Baker himself was at the centre of the success of this initiative and did many prescription runs and shopping trips himself for those in need along with his wife, Anne.
Alongside these volunteers during the crisis, a Facebook page called Saundersfoot Connect was set up and the membership quickly grew from the initial four people who set it up, Sara Hicks, Sarah Whiddett, Ladan Harper and Jackie Taylor to its current membership of over 3,300.
It is the organisers’ intention to carry on with this Facebook page into the future, as it has proved to be a very popular community resource, and plans are being made for taking Saundersfoot Connect forward as we all find our ‘new normal’ post the pandemic. If you feel you have something you might be able to contribute to this online group, please get in touch using the Contact Us tab on this website. Access a link to the page by clicking here
Another large group of volunteers is known as The Saundersfoot Chamber for Tourism or ‘SCT’ as it sometimes known. The SCT is a group of volunteer business owners who work together to organise events and other initiatives within the locality to help improve the visitor experience of the many holiday makers who return to the area year after year, considering it to be their ‘second home’.
The SCT organise an annual large-scale Christmas event, the “Big Bang” event around Halloween/Bonfire Night during October half-term which sees hundreds of people gather to watch huge fireworks displays as well as hugely popular annual Cawl Trail in the Spring.
This has just scratched the surface with regards to volunteer groups, we haven’t even mentioned the New Year’s Day Swim Committee who organise the annual dip in the sea and have arranged hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity and there are so many others too!
There really is such a massive community spirit in the local area which makes living here an absolute pleasure.
If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer in any aspect of village life, please use the Contact Us tab on this website or click here to get in touch and Team SaraH will signpost you to relevant groups that are already established.
CYCLING IN PEMBROKESHIRE
For information on cycle routes and how to cycle safety, download a copy of THE GO-ACTIVE TRAVEL IN PEMBROKESHIRE GUIDE by CLICKING HERE
DOGS & DOG WALKING INFO
A great Facebook group page has been set up by Team SaraH to enable holiday lets, B&B’s, hotels and camp sites post up last-minute availability within a 2-3 month window of the date of the advert.
So for would be holiday-makers or perhaps if you have friends and relations looking to stay with you and you are struggling to fit them in, WGR4U might be just the place to find something!
For information on local Leisure Centres, please CLICK HERE
MAP OF SAUNDERSFOOT VILLAGE
THE CONNECTORY is a a great online resource to find businesses, both small and large, in the local area and includes some fabulous professional services such as solicitors, financial advisors, graphic designers etc.
Have a look around THE CONNECTORY by clicking here
RNLI SAFETY ADVICE
Some great hints and tips from the RNLI to help you stay safe while in or on the water bought to you by our local RNLI branch and volunteers
- Get some training for your chosen activity.
Getting expert help and tuition not only makes your activity safer but also makes it more enjoyable – it’s always easier to learn from somebody else’s experience than it is to learn from your own mistakes.
This could take the form of joining a local club e.g.
Or you might like to get your initial experience from an accredited hire centre where they will provide safety cover. Or you could undertake a course from the RYA for boating: https://www.rya.org.uk/courses-training/Pages/hub.aspx
or the BCU for kayaking: https://www.britishcanoeunion.org.uk
The RNLI also offers a safety visit to your vessel – anything from a kayak to a sailing or motor cruiser – currently suspended due to COVID restrictions, but email Tenby@RNLI.org or book using the ‘Register your interest’ button on this page: https://rnli.org/safety/what-we-can-do-for-you if you’d like to take advantage of this and we will contact you to arrange a visit as soon as we are able.
- Check Weather and tides before you go
The weather is one of the biggest factors affecting your safety – strong winds can make the sea very dangerous and getting colder (or hotter) than you were prepared for can also affect your safety.
Direction of the wind as well as strength of the wind affects the sea state. Wind direction is given as where it is coming from – e.g. a Westerly wind is blowing from West to East.
Land can provide shelter from the wind and sometimes the wind is blowing straight on to the shore which means any shelter is lost, so it’s important to understand how different wind directions affect different locations.
You may see a relatively calm sea, but beyond a headland things may be very different.
If you have any doubt that conditions are not safe, don’t go – it’s far better to be on land wishing you were at sea than it is to be at sea wishing you were on land!
You can check today’s local forecast at: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/forecast/gchtuyxvd
It’s a good idea to check regularly as things often change, even during the course of one day!
If you have a VHF radio with you (more on that later) you can also receive regular weather reports from the Coastguard.
- Tell someone on shore when and where you’re going and what time you expect to be back.
This is so important and often something that is overlooked. When a family member realises you haven’t returned it’s often quite a few hours later – especially if the person who would miss you is in a different household. The fall of darkness is often the trigger for someone to realise you haven’t returned, which is not a good time for search and rescue operations to begin.
As well as telling your shore contact of your plans, make sure they know who to call if you don’t return – i.e. 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
If you are taking a smart phone with you (carry it in a waterproof pouch) you can use a free app called SafeTRX.
This app is suitable for all water users and especially those who can’t carry any other means of calling for help – e.g. an open water swimmer could use it on a phone carried in a visibility buoy.
When you start your/trip/paddle/swim the app sends a text message to your designated contacts with a link that enables them to track you. It reminds you to send them a text when you have arrived at your safe point – if they don’t get the text, they are prompted to call you, if they can’t call you, they are prompted to contact the Coastguard who are also able to track you.
Even in the case of total catastrophe where you couldn’t activate a call for help – e.g. a boat sinking, the Coastguard will know where to start a search – much better than initiating a ‘needle in a haystack’ search.
- Ensure your engine is maintained and correctly serviced and you have more than enough fuel for your plans.
Around half the calls the RNLI gets to boats are due to engine failure, and of those calls, the split between motorboats and sailing boats is about half and half.
To minimise your chances of a breakdown, you should always ensure your engine(s) is serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s schedule.
With regards to fuel, as an absolute minimum, allow a third to get to your destination, a third to get back and a third in reserve. Having more in reserve is never a bad idea.
For self-propelled vessels, this can be translated to ‘make sure you feel well enough and are fit enough to carry out your plans.’
- Wear a personal floatation device that is appropriate for your activity
Loosely speaking, floatation devices can be divided into buoyancy aids and lifejackets – a buoyancy aid will aid someone who can swim to float but may not necessarily keep them face up.
A lifejacket will keep the wearer face up even if they have lost consciousness, but both a buoyancy aid and a lifejacket will only work properly if correctly worn.
If you enter the water unexpectedly in UK waters you are very likely to suffer from cold water shock which will greatly reduce even the strongest of swimmer’s ability to swim to safety, so the RNLI’s advice is to wear a personal floatation device at ALL times on the water.
Nearly all lifejackets these days are of the inflatable type (for most activities an auto-inflating type is the correct choice) and are very comfortable to wear, so there is no reason to not to!
Generally a buoyancy aid of the correct type and fitted correctly should be used for activities where there is a high expectation of entering the water – paddle boarding, kayaking, jet skiing, water skiing, dinghy sailing etc and lifejackets (again of the correct type and fitted correctly) should be worn for activities when entering the water is not part of the activity – motor boating, cruiser sailing, rowing etc.
It is also important that inflatable lifejackets are correctly maintained to ensure they will work when called on.
6 Carry a means of calling for help
Having a means of calling for help from sea is essential for anyone going on the water, even if you only intended to be a few metres out to sea (bear in mind you might get carried out further than you intend of things go wrong).
The absolute minimum for paddle boarders and kayakers (and also for open water swimmers if you have the type of visibility buoy that can carry a phone) should be a mobile phone in a water proof pouch.
However, bear in mind that phones have a limitation of coverage at sea (although this is getting better all the time) and are also limited in that you can only call people whose number you have – there might be a vessel very close which could help that you wouldn’t be able to call.
If you have a smart phone, you can use the SafeTRX app (see point 3 above)
The ideal means of calling for help from sea, preferable for all kayaks and should be considered essential for all boats, is a VHF radio. You can make a recognised mayday call that can be heard by all close by VHF equipped vessels as well as of course the Coastguard. Lifeboats and helicopters can also use your VHF to help locate you.
All but the most basic of VHF sets now also have a button which can be pressed for an automatic call for help, which also sends your location.
Other options to consider are distress flares, and the more modern and effective technology of devices such as: Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) designed to be attached to an individual; Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) similar to a PLB but designed for the vessel rather than an individual; and personal AIS (designed for a man overboard to be located by the vessel he or she fell from).
For more on water safety please visit: https://rnli.org/safety
The lifesaving work of the RNLI relies solely on donations from the public. You can make a donation in a number of different ways at: https://rnli.org/support-us/give-money
Photo credit – Nicky Mallen
TRADES & SERVICES
You will find a great range of quality local tradesmen on the online business directory “THE CONNECTORY” by clicking HERE
If you are here on holiday, firstly welcome to our beautiful village. We hope you love it as much as we who are lucky enough to live here do!
Did you know that there is a whole other website for visitors to Saundersfoot which is called “Visit Saundersfoot Bay” owned and managed by The Saundersfoot Chamber for Tourism?
The Saundersfoot Chamber for Tourism is a group of volunteer tourist related business owners who strive to do their best for the village with regards to visitor experience. They also organise many regular events throughout the year such as a large-scale Christmas event, Cawl Trail and Big Bang weekend. The website includes lots of useful information regarding Saundersfoot and all that it has to offer for the visitor or those spending a lot of time here.
There is also another website which is a great resource if you are exploring the area for the first time. This is run by Pembrokeshire Tourism and includes information on not only Saundersfoot but the whole of Pembrokeshire.
WASTE & RECYCLING IN THE LOCAL AREA
For more information on waste and recycling matters in the local area, please visit the Pembrokeshire County Council’s website by CLICKING HERE
The weather in Pembrokeshire changes very quickly and we often see ‘four seasons in one day’!
Check out the forecast by clicking below: