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Pembrokeshire ‘visitor welcome teams’ return to support tourism sector

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With tourist numbers at a high in Pembrokeshire, the county’s ‘Visitor Welcome team’ has been busy helping and advising holidaymakers at various popular locations along the coast.

On a daily basis, ten officers (wearing bright pink hi-vis) are patrolling tourism hotspots throughout the county to advise on any queries visitors might have, from car parking options to coastal bus timetables, dog-friendly beaches, the location of public conveniences, water safety and more.

Deployed by Pembrokeshire County Council, the team also reports any issues that need assistance from other sections of the local authority or partner organisations, such as reckless behaviour on the coast, car parks filling up and bins needing emptying.

Now in its second year, the initiative has been set up by Pembrokeshire County Council, Visit Pembrokeshire, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA) and PLANED.

In addition to the new teams, staff and visitor welcome volunteers from the PCNPA, other sections of Pembrokeshire County Council as well as local PCSOs, will as usual be available throughout the summer at key locations on the coastline to offer advice to visitors and ensure that Pembrokeshire is as safe and welcoming as possible.

The visitor welcome team can answer queries including pointing to the location of dog friendly beaches
(Image: Pembrokeshire Council)

Cllr Mike James, Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council, thanked all those welcoming holidaymakers to Pembrokeshire.

“We’re very proud of our county and keen to help visitors have a wonderful time while they are here; I know the teams have been working very hard to advise and help wherever possible,” he said.   

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Emma Thornton, CEO of Visit Pembrokeshire, said they were delighted to be working with partners PCC, PCNPA and local volunteer groups to further develop the Visitor Welcome team which proved so successful last summer.

“With the focus on staycations this year we are expecting a busy summer,” she said. “For many of our visitors this year, it will be their first visit to Pembrokeshire. We want to ensure they have a great time, explore all that our beautiful county has to offer, and leave as ambassadors for Pembrokeshire looking forward to their next visit.

“The Visitor Welcome team will play a key role in helping us achieve this.”

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Cllr Paul Harries, Chairman of PCNPA said: “We’re delighted to be involved in this scheme and a huge thanks go to our volunteers, who are giving their time to support visitor management and encouraging people to tread lightly and leave no trace in what is an extremely busy summer season.

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“It is fantastic to know that visitors to our county will receive a warm Pembrokeshire welcome again this summer and have the support of our welcome volunteers to make the most of their time in the National Park.”

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, said the team is part of the package of support for the tourism industry in Pembrokeshire.

“The officers are there to advise, reassure and welcome, and I’m certain their presence has been welcomed by tourists and locals alike.”

Lead Image: Cllr Mike James and Iwan Dugmore from Pembrokeshire’s Visitor Welcome team at Poppit Sands (Image: Pembrokeshire Council)

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Pembroke Dock knife-point robber jailed for five years

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A man who robbed a woman at knifepoint has started a five-year prison sentence just one month later.

Kieran Steven Brumby admitted holding a knife to the woman’s throat and demanding the £160 she was withdrawing from a cashpoint at Asda in Pembroke Dock at around 7.45pm on April 15.

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Within an hour Dyfed-Powys Police were able to track down Brumby at his home in Water Street, Pembroke Dock.

Despite the incident being captured on CCTV, Brumby denied it was him during the police investigation.

However, at Swansea Crown Court on Monday, May 16, he pleaded guilty robbery, possession of a knife and possession of 0.9 grammes of cocaine.

DI Owen Thomas said: “This is a positive outcome, with Brumby arrested soon after the offence.

“He has been on remand since and is now beginning a five-year prison sentence just a month later, which I hope offers some solace and reassurance to the victim.”

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The court heard how the woman had stopped to get cash on her way to meet friends in Haverfordwest when Brumby held the knife to her throat and said ‘give me the money’.

In a victim impact statement read out to the court the woman, who could feel the knife touching her throat, said that she was suffering from sleepless nights, palpitations and nightmares.

“I feel depressed and anxious and constantly feel like somebody is behind me,” she said.

“I am checking over my shoulder every five minutes. If I leave the house feelings of panic rise.”

Judge His Honour Geraint Walters handed down a five-year sentence for the robbery, with a 12-month sentence for possession of the knife and a one-month sentence for cocaine possession to run concurrently.

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(Lead image: Dyfed Powys Police)

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Young carers urged to capture their lives on camera

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Action for Children and the Royal Photographic Society have launched a new photography project challenging young carers to get creative and show what’s important in their lives.

Action for Children and the Royal Photographic Society, supported by Arts Council England have launched a nationwide photography project to celebrate young carers across the UK.

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The charities who share HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as Patron are asking young carers to get creative to photograph what’s important to them in their lives and learn a fantastic new skill along the way.

Selected entries will form a nationwide photography exhibition entitled ‘Young Carers – A Life in Focus’. This will follow a series of free online workshops and resources available to all young carers across the UK, created by leading photographers, on how to take unique images on their mobile phone, device or camera.

Caiden Meacham (10) from Haverfordwest is supported by Action for Children’s young carers service in Pembrokeshire. He said: “I want to learn how to take good photos and can’t wait to learn. I like taking photos of lots of different things like nature and my pets which mean a lot to me.”

Caiden taking a photo of his dog, Feebee

Vikki Phillips, service coordinator for Pembrokeshire Young Carers, added: “The project has generated a lot of excitement amongst our young people like Caiden. It’s a generation that love to take photographs and document their lives so this is a perfect opportunity to do that while learning new skills from experts in the field. I’d love to see some of their work showcased in the exhibition.

Celebrated photographer and visual artist Jo Bradford has produced the innovative and creative online workshops, which will cover technical topics such as composition through leading lines and interesting placements of subjects, lighting using objects you can find around your home to achieve professional results and editing using homemade filters and apps found on your phone.

With an estimated 800,000 children and young people across the UK caring for a family member with a disability, illness or mental health issue – some as young as five years old – Action for Children and the Royal Photographic Society are encouraging young carers to capture their thoughts, emotions and life experiences.

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Typically, young carers help with practical tasks around the home such as cooking, housework and shopping; physical care, such as helping someone out of bed; and personal care, such as helping someone dress.

To launch the project, photographer Jo Bradford shares her top three tips for young carers to get them experimenting with their photographic skills:

  1. Shine a torch on reflective, shiny objects around your home to make interesting light patterns in your photographs. A CD, vase or glass can create a glimmer or reflection
  2. Use the objects in your home to create frames by placing them in the fore and background. Placing plants in the foreground could give a great jungle effect or a hole in some bubble wrap could make a fun frame for a face
  3. Get experimental with your phone settings – using the panorama setting and shaking your phone up and down can produce abstract patterns around you

Action for Children supports over 3,700 children and young people who are young carers across the UK, giving them advice and respite through short breaks, activities and the chance to connect with other young carers.

Melanie Armstrong, Chief Executive at Action for Children, said: “We see first-hand the impact of loneliness and stress on young carers, who are dedicating a large part of their childhood to helping loved ones. These children and young people are often desperate for a break from their duties so it’s important for them to have some fun by doing a hobby or something they enjoy.

“Our photography project will offer young carers the chance to do something for themselves while learning a new skill. We can’t wait to see the creative contributions later this year!”

Evan Dawson, Chief Executive of the Royal Photographic Society, adds: “There are thousands of inspirational young people in the UK performing regular caring duties for their loved ones, whilst also completing their education and somehow finding time to have a childhood.

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“Every situation is different – but these remarkable lives are rarely seen in the media or understood by their peers. We will provide new photography skills to these young people, and help celebrate their vital contribution to UK communities.”

If you are a young carer in the UK, we’re asking you to take photographs of what’s important to you in your everyday life and we’d love to see them. Selected entries will be part of a nationwide exhibition called Young Carers – A Life in Focus.

For more information: https://rps.org/opportunities/young-carers-a-life-in-focus/

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Pembrokeshire Country Show returns for all this year after 2 year absence

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Pembrokeshire County Show, the largest county agricultural show in Wales, is going ahead this year, over two days, on 17 and 18 August.

This year’s event, the first open to the public since 2019, will be a celebration of rural life in the county.

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The last full-scale show, which would normally attract around 100,000 visitors and competitors, was held in August 2019 followed by a virtual event in 2020 and a scaled down version in 2021 for animals and members only.

Mansel Raymond, Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society President said, “We are very excited about the prospect of seeing our wonderful members, competitors, trade stands, sponsors and community coming together once again this August. Whether you’re a Pembrokeshire local or just visiting we’re sure you’ll have a fantastic day out.”

The society say there will be some changes this year to the layout of the County Show to make it a better experience for everyone including the trade stands and visitors.

There will be several smaller rings as was the case in the 2021 show. To enable a much larger public viewing area it has also been decided to remove all marquees and trade stands from the immediate main ringside.

This year there will also be a new open air ‘street food’ area. To enable a smooth transition, the society are recommending all trade and catering stands secure their pitches as soon as possible by visiting www.pembsshow.org or calling 01437 764 331.

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Sponsorship Manager, Richard Cole, said, “If you’d like to discuss becoming an advertiser in the show programme, sponsoring a section of the show or becoming an official show partner, please give me a call on 01437 764 331 or complete the form on our website.”

Tickets for Society members and the public will be launched in the near future from www.pembsshow.org.

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