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Benton Woods Plans

Posted 29th November 2019

For those who missed the Natural Resources Wales event in the Village Hall on Tuesday 26th November, click here to access the relevant Natural Resources Wales webpage and view some of the maps that were on display. The maps, downloadable in PDF format, that concern Benton Woods are:

Long-term primary objectives map 1

Forest management systems map 1

Indicative forest types and habitats map 1

10-year management objectives map 1

10-year harvesting activities map 1

The webpage also contains an email address for those who may require further information.


Transport for Wales - Renewing Your Bus Pass

Posted 25th November 2019

Transport for Wales are working with all Welsh local councils and Welsh Government to roll out new-style Concessionary Travel Cards by the end of December 2019. These cards will replace the current green 'bus passes' across Wales. The old-style cards will not be recognised by electronic readers on buses after 31 December 2019.

The new-style cards offer the same free travel rights and benefits as the current bus passes. The new cards are designed so that they can work as part of an integrated travel network in the future.  For further, comprehensive information, click here. Or phone 0300 303 4240.


Important News Concerning the Village Hall

by Liz Rawlings, Chairperson Llangwm Village Hall Committe

Posted 10th November 2019

You might have noticed that plans/talks/meetings about the current state of the hall and future developments have stopped since February. This is because out of the woodwork appeared a Covenant from the National Playing Fields Association (now the Fields in Trust) linked to a grant given to Llangwm to buy the rugby field in 1955. Apologies for the history lesson! This Covenant meant that there was to be no future building on this land safeguarding it for ever, but the Village Hall had been built in 1978.

Since February, the Committee has been trying to find a solution, mainly through research and discussion with Fields in Trust. The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales was contacted for information relating to the building on the recreation fields in Llangwm, but records had been transferred to the National Assembly for Wales and then the trail went cold! However, following a chance remark by Mrs Maureen Kiff who recalled as a child jumping from concrete block to concrete block on the site of the current village hall, further research took place backto 1938, at the end of the Depression. It was discovered that a group in the village wanted to set up an Institute for Employment to help people learn skills and gain employment. They purchased that piece of land for this centre, and the land was later given to the Community Council for a Community Centre. So we have a Conveyance.

All paperwork has now been submitted to the Fields in Trust’s solicitor and we are awaiting a final decision on using additional land for the new build - or something which fits in! 

Our next steps - once approval has been given, we restart the process of getting funding, and this is where you come in. Without European funding available in the future, this is going to be increasingly more difficult. So if we call for your support e.g. attending a public meeting, please come. It has to be a community effort otherwise we won’t get funding. Please help when you can.

The current state of the village hall is now NOT good. Although the interior seems reasonable, the structure is poor and the roof is in a very poor state with the slates and coping stones deteriorating rapidly. There will come a time in the not too distant future when it may become unfit for purpose.

In the months to come we will be meeting again with the Representatives of all the many Llangwm Groups who came together in March this year, forming a Community Action Group which will enable us to canvass opinions from local people about their wishes for the Community Hall.


Archiving Project Update

Posted 10th November 2019

The Archiving Project is now 9 months into the 2 year programme. Three of the 5 History Societies have had their initial 10 week allocation - Pembroke & Monkton, Llangwm and Penally, and the two project officers are currently working at Coastlands (Dale & Marloes). Hook will follow. 

A completely new cataloguing system has been developed which all societies can use and all lessons learned about archiving and cataloguing will be available to other societies in the future.

The main reason for this project is that all history societies have collections of photographs, documents, family histories and artefacts which are kept in cupboards or even under beds! We, the Five Communities Group, want to share this information and ensure that it is accessible for all. Everything will be uploaded to a forthcoming web-site “Heritage Pembrokeshire’ and the People’s Collection Wales.

Thank you to everyone who has shared their photographs etc.


Household Enquiry Forms

Posted 15th September 2019

Household Enquiry Forms (HEF) have been sent to every household in Pembrokeshire asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the Electoral Register for that address is correct. Householders are being urged to respond as soon as possible.

The Digital Team is co-ordinating a promotional campaign alongside this on behalf of the elections service. The main aim of the campaign is to encourage householders to return their Household enquiry form, in order to increase the response rates in all of our electoral areas.

The highest response rate for an area so far is 76.62% and the lowest is 45.21%. You can check your area by clicking here to open a map.

Reminder forms have recently been sent to households that didn’t respond to the first letter; residents residents are encouraged to return their Household Enquiry Forms as soon as they can.

Residents can also respond to their HEF form online www.hef-response.co.uk.

If anyone has any questions or queries regarding the HEF process they can contact the elections team electoralservices@pembrokeshire.gov.uk 01437 775844 Office hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm - Monday to Friday.

There is more information available on https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/elections-and-voting