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Tenby firefighters shortlisted for award

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TWO firefighters from Tenby have been shortlisted for a St David Award, it was revealed today (Feb 16) as First Minister Carwyn Jones announced the 2017 finalists.

Firefighters Gary Slack and Billy Connor have been shortlisted in the Bravery category after they battled strong currents at Castle Beach in Tenby to save two children from drowning in August 2016.

The St David Awards are the national awards of Wales. They acknowledge the extraordinary achievements of people in or from Wales and recognise the great deeds and contributions made by people from all walks of life.

Announcing the finalists, First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “The St David Awards, now in their fourth year, are all about celebrating people who have gone the extra mile to make a difference to someone else’s life, overcome adversity or achieved something truly inspirational.

“Once again, the St David Awards finalists are an exceptional group of people. Every single one is a credit to Wales – it is going to be tough to choose the winners! I look forward to celebrating their outstanding achievements at the awards ceremony on March 23.”

Winners will be chosen in each category of Bravery; Citizenship; Culture; Enterprise; Innovation, Science and Technology; International; Sport and Young Person.

Gary Slack and Billy Connor are on-call firefighters at Tenby Station with 3 years’ service.

On August 7, 2016, whilst performing community PR activities at Tenby Harbour, they were part of a crew that were alerted to swimmers in difficulty at Castle Beach.

On reaching the beach with their watch manager, they saw 2 children, a brother and a sister aged 13 and 14, in obvious difficulty about 100m from the shore, in an area where rip tides are commonplace.

With the fire engine approximately 1/4 of a mile away, the remainder of the crew raced to get the necessary equipment. The children were becoming increasingly tired, swimming against a strong current and swell conditions, and were beginning to disappear beneath the water, at increased risk of drowning.

Given the time it would take for the crew to return with the equipment, and that both mother and father were about to enter the water in an attempt to save their children, the decision was taken by their watch manager (based upon their open water swimming experience) that they enter the water and undertake a rescue swim.

Billy swam to the boy and brought him to safety while Gary swam out to the girl and kept her afloat whilst trying to bring her back to shore. However, the sea conditions proved difficult and Billy returned to assist in recovering the girl to the beach.

There the children were both treated by Fire Service personnel who gave first aid until an ambulance arrived. Both were successfully rescued and were taken to hospital with concerns of secondary drowning.

Gary and Billy were praised by the RNLI, whose own lifeboat based at Tenby was attending another rescue 12 miles from Tenby on the day, and said that had both firefighters not intervened, the outcome would have likely been fatal.

The awards ceremony is set to take place on Thursday, March 23.

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Llanteg: Car crash causes large tailbacks

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A CRASH on the A477 in Llanteg has caused large traffic tailbacks this afternoon (Sept 25).

Emergency services, including Dyfed-Powys Police and Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene.

Rush hour traffic is starting to slow in both directions.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

There are currently no reports of serious injuries.

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TV voices lead massed choirs at St David’s Cathedral

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THE HEAVENLY voices of Llanelli’s Angelicus Celtis, ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent Semi-Finalists, will be leading an army of voices performing at St. David’s Cathedral next month (Oct 7).

Angelicus Celtis from the ranks of the international broadcast and performance voices of Wales’ Hywel Girls’ Choir & Hywel Boy Singers will unite with the Hywel Choirs, Llanelli Choral Society and Haverfordwest Male Choir (musical director Richard Stephens) for an momentous massed voice performance of ‘A Journey of World Music’ on Saturday, October 7, at St. David’s Cathedral.

The evening will also star acclaimed organist Huw Tregelles Williams OBE, pianist Jane Jewell, orchestral percussionist Gareth Hamlin – all under the baton of legendary conductor John Hywel Williams MBE.

The artists and stunning performance return to the cathedral by popular demand after last year’s sell-out performance in October 2016.

This year’s performance highlights will include magical moments from opera, classical, sacred, cinema, musicals and international music.  Exciting highlight will include Habanera, Benedictus, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Nimrod, a poignant tribute to veterans and the centenary of WW1, Holy City,  a world premiere of a choral arrangement of Karl Jenkins’ Palladio Allegretto by John Hywel & Jeremy Hywel and Angelicus Celtis’ acclaimed rendition of Nessun Dorma as seen by millions of TV viewers around the world… to name but a few.

Angelicus Celtis who have enjoyed a whirlwind year of television and radio broadcasts, were recently featured on BBC’s Songs of Praise filmed from Pembrokeshire where they gave a moving rendition of Be Still My Soul from the beautiful surroundings of Manorbier Castle.

Tickets for A Journey of World Music (£15, £20) can be obtained via www.ticketsource.co.uk/hywelchoir, by telephone 07795 236807, at St. David’s Bookshop or at the door.

Doors open 6.45pm. Performance commences 7.30pm.

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Parent networking groups to be held this autumn

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PARENT network groups for people whose children need extra help and support are being held this autumn in various locations around Pembrokeshire.

The groups are an ideal opportunity for parents and carers to chat to other people in their local area who might have similar issues facing children with additional learning needs, and share experiences over a cup of coffee.

The parent network groups are led by local parents and organised by Pembrokeshire County Council. They are facilitated by an Inclusion Support Officer from the Council who will be on hand to give further advice and information if needed.

There are eight different groups, which are meeting in Narberth, Crymych, St Davids, Tenby, Haverfordwest, Milford Haven, Fishguard, and Pembroke.

The sessions are being held as follows:

Fishguard, Town Hall

8th November

13th December

 

12-1pm

6-7pm

  Narberth, Bloomfield House

25th September

6th November

18th December

 

6-7pm

10-11am

Pembroke, Foundry House

19th October

30th November

 

6-7pm

10-11am

St Davids, City Hall

24th October

12th December

 

6-7pm

12-1pm

Haverfordwest, Archives Centre

9th October

20th November

 

 

10-11am

6-7pm

Tenby, Community Learning centre

26th October

7th December

 

 

6-7pm

6-7pm

Preseli, Community Learning Centre

19th October

7th December

 

 

12-1pm

6-7pm

Milford Haven, Hubberston Community Learning Centre

23rd October

4th December

 

 

6-7pm

10-11am

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