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New Welsh-medium school opened

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Pupils Seren Stock, Sam Hughes, Evan Mackeen and Mabli Evans: With the plaque and Minister Alun Davies AM (second from left). Also pictured is Mrs Victoria Hart-Griffiths (left), Councillor Brinsden and Ms Julie Jones

SOUTH PEMBROKESHIRE’S first Welsh-medium primary school has been officially opened by the Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language, Alun Davies AM.

Ysgol Hafan y Môr in Tenby opened its doors to pupils in September and is the result of extensive refurbishment and modification works to the old Tenby junior school.

It is next door to the English-medium Tenby Church in Wales VC Primary School, a new build which also opened last autumn.

The two schools represent an £8.37 million investment in education in the town and were built under the 21st Century Schools Programme – a collaboration between Pembrokeshire County Council and the Welsh Government who are sharing the funding.

Minister Alun Davies AM: With harpist Mairwen James, 11, along with Mrs Hart-Griffiths and Councillor Brinsden

Ysgol Hafan y Môr has been established in response to a growing demand for Welsh-medium education in the area and has capacity for 210 pupils plus 30 FTE nursery place.

It currently has 126 pupils on roll and the number is steadily growing.

Mr Davies was welcomed to the school on Monday (13th February) by Council Chairman, Tony Brinsden, and headteacher Mrs Victoria Hart-Griffiths along with chair of governors, Ms Julie Jones.

Mrs Hart-Griffiths said that 95 per cent of the school’s pupils came from a non-Welsh speaking background, while Ms Jones described it as “an historic day” for Welsh-medium education in the area.

Teaching assistant, Mrs Alison Sullivan: With the Minister, Alun Davies AM, in the Year 2 class. Also pictured is County Council Cabinet Member for Education David Lloyd, Council Leader Jamie Adams and Councillor Brinsden

Before unveiling a plaque, Mr Davies said he was grateful to the County Council for the work they had undertaken in Welsh-medium education, adding that the Welsh Government believed it was the birthright of every child in Wales to have the opportunity to speak and write the language.

The Minister later toured classrooms and met pupils and teaching staff.

Ysgol Hafan y Môr was designed by the County Council’s in-house design team and the refurbishment undertaken by Andrew Scott Limited.

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Tenby: Pizza chain submits appeal after application denied

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DOMINO’S PIZZA has submitted an appeal after their application to open a restaurant in Tenby was declined.

The chain wanted to open a restaurant and takeaway on the South Parade.

However, these plans were declined after concerns were raised by locals within the town, as well as councillors.

It was felt that the location was too close to the war memorial, and locals also worried about littering and illuminated signage.

Now it has been confirmed that the chain has submitted an appeal against the refusal of change of use from a retail outlet (class A1) to a takeaway (class A3).

The appeal hearing will take place in December, at a time and location which is yet to be decided.

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Tenby: Shoppers queue early for opening of new store

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A LARGE queue of people eagerly awaited the opening of a brand new designer shop in Tenby this morning (Sept 22).

Shoppers were up bright and early to queue for the opening of Joules, a designer store which sells clothes, footwear, accessories and more.

The shop opened at 9:30am at its Tudor Square premises.

The first customer was awarded a £200 voucher, the following ten won £100 vouchers, and the ten after that were each awarded £50 vouchers.

The store is also offering 15% off to all customers today.

A Joules spokesperson said: “We’re thrilled to be opening a new Joules story in Tenby. We are really looking forward to bringing our unique personality and style to shoppers over the coming months.”

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Monkton: £30,000 benefits fraudster avoids jail sentence

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A MONKTON woman pretended her marriage ‘to a traveller man’ had lasted only four weeks and went on to swindle almost £30,000 in benefits.

Emma Blackmore was in fact living with husband Wayne in Tenby Court and they even had a child together.

But Blackmore, aged 37, maintained for four years that she was a single woman living alone.

Blackmore, now of Queen Street, Pembroke Dock, admitted six offences of fraud by failing to notify a change in her circumstances.

She was jailed for 12 months, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete 20 days of a rehabilitation activity.

Nuhu Gobir, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that Blackmore had made genuine claims for income support and other benefits in early 2012 in her maiden name of Emma Hughes, stating she was single, lived alone and could not work due to ill health.

On June 16, 2012, she married Wayne Blackmore but described him to the Department of Work and Pensions as a ‘traveller man’ and said the marriage was already over.

Blackmore continued to make claims and over a four year period she received £29,569 in benefits she had not been entitled to.

Mr Gobir said an investigation revealed that Wayne Blackmore had made it clear on his Facebook page that he was in a relationship and that the couple had become parents.

And further checks showed that his wages were going into his wife’s bank account and that as far as his employers were concerned he lived at the same address as his wife.

The judge, Mr Recorder Greg Bull, said he noted that Blackmore had maintained that ‘times were hard and money had been a struggle.’

But that was true for many people in Wales, he said.

Blackmore, he added, had defrauded the public purse at a cost to other members of the community but sending her to jail immediately would not achieve anything.

And neither was she in a position to repay any of the money.

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