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Llanteg Newsletter Autumn 2020

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Autumn/Winter 2020 Issue 44 Llanteg’s Community Areas Mountain Chapel Following a successful Mountain Chapel bid to Keep Wales Tidy-Local Places for Nature programme, these are some photos of the Mountain Chapel with plants and items received through the scheme. There are some soft fruit bushes and three apple trees, along with a bird and insect box and bird table, which will go into the Old School Garden and The Clay Pits within the next few weeks. The Clay Pits Mountain Chapel Old School Garden Memorial Garden (1), The Clay Pits (2) and the Old School Garden (3) are community areas where people are welcome to go and enjoy nature. These three areas are maintained by village volunteers. Earlier this year the Community Council arranged a maintenance programme to be carried out and also the removal of Ash dieback trees. We now need anyone who has a spare hour or so to help out with weeding, planting etc. Just give Roy or Sue a ring on 831468 or [email protected] Also, if you just fancy a walk, there is Lanteague Wood (4), run by the Woodland Trust.

2 LLANTEG COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER For Crunwere Parish & outlying properties Compiled by Ruth Roberts, Sandy Grove: [email protected] 01834 831298. Proof Reader - Barbara Sinclair. Distributed - by volunteers around the village. Next Deadline for Spring/Summer 2021 - 15th April and next delivery by mid-May 2021. On Web - DISCLAIMER - Any business advertised does not imply a recommendation. Printed by - Bert Edwards Ltd, Milford Haven, SA73 2AJ. CONTENTS 3/4 - Tributes 15/16 - Llanteg Gardening Group & Virtual 5 - New Residents & Llanteg History Show 6/7 - Congratulations 17/18 - Tavernspite School 8/9 - Village Hall & Com. Assoc. 18 - St Elidyr’s Church 9 - Spiritwood & SAS 19 - Council News 10 - Some Local Businesses 20 - Llanteg Literati & Crunwere Art Group 11 - Moving On & Around the Village 21/22 - Some Local Businesses 12 - Llanteg Walking Group 23 - Birthdays & Llanteg Short Mat Bowls 13 - 100 Club & Good Neighbours 24 - Some Local Businesses 14 - Llanteg Nature Ramblings Tavernspite & Llanteg Oil Syndicate For both private and commercial properties, next deliveries will be December & March. If you wish to join, please contact John Lewis-Tunster on 07964 775006, 01834 866930 or email [email protected] MUCH APPRECIATION TO ALL THE LOCAL BUSINESSES WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT US DURING THESE HARD TIMES. HORSEMANSTONE Amroth Road SA67 8QJ 4 Star Guesthouse and also Holiday Cottage For more information, please ring Anna on 01834 831737

3 TRIBUTES TO... Alan John Emmins, Broomylake Farm, Llanteg We are very sad to inform of the death of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Alan, who sadly passed away so suddenly at home on the 16th March 2020. Alan, who had a successful hi-fi and TV shop in London, moved with his wife Maureen and children Jason and Susie to Wales in 1985, first to Ogmore House, Templeton, then in 1988 to Broomylake, Llanteg, where they made their permanent residence. Alan was a well known and respected business man, owning and running the very successful and popular Fabio Store in Haverfordwest. Alan leaves a broken-hearted wife, son, daughter, 3 granddaughters, grandson, two great granddaughters and his beloved Scottie dog, Angel. He will be greatly missed. Maureen Emmins Alwyn Thomas James Alwyn was born at Bevlin, Llanteg, on February 11th 1940. He had two sisters: Marjorie, who predeceased him, and Vano. Alwyn started his working life at Gellihalog Quarry, then went on to work for Luger and Lewis, Western Merchants, and Atcost. However, the jobs he loved most were working as a lorry driver for Whitland Dairies, where he would collect milk from many local farms, and, when the Whitland Dairies closed, he went on to work for Dairy Crest as a long distance lorry driver, delivering milk all over the country, making many long term friendships with both farmers and his work mates. Alwyn was married to Anne and they had four children: Angela, Lyn, Jason, and Verity. Sadly, Angela died at the age of 12 in 1976. The family settled in Castle View, Saundersfoot, where Alwyn developed many interests and hobbies, becoming a winner on several occasions for best garden in the Saundersfoot in Bloom competition, before becoming a judge. He was also a member of the Saundersfoot Flower Committee, and was well respected in the local community. Travelling was another passion, especially to Dubai, Spain and Turkey, and in later years, Anne and he would enjoy coach holidays, Ireland being one of his favourites. With his wonderful sense of humour, he would easily make friends with other passengers, many becoming friends for life. Three years ago, along with his grandson, Joseph, he restored a VW Beetle named ‘Billy’, which he was so proud to drive at the Pembs Classic Car Club events. He passed away peacefully at his home on May 21, aged 80, after suffering ill health for the past two years. Alwyn loved his family, and was so proud of all his children and grandchildren, and supported them in everything they did, and he is dearly missed by them all. Sue James

4 Mr Brian Bevan Murrow Nant-Y-Ffin Hotel, Llandissilio Brian passed away suddenly and peacefully at his home on 19th April 2020, aged 32 years, surrounded by his family. He is the beloved son of Emrys and Anne, loving brother of Sian and Rhian, and cherished nephew of Gareth and Rowena. Upon finishing school at Dyffryn Taf, Brian joined the family run hotel and became a much-valued member of the team. During his spare time Brian enjoyed playing football and was a member of Cleddau Warriors. He also enjoyed helping Sian out on the family farm at Brownslade, and owned several Shorthorn Cattle who were his pride and joy. Wherever Brian went, his precious dogs Jack & Sally weren’t far behind. We are very grateful and overwhelmed with the support that we have received from family, friends, staff, neighbours and customers. Brian is dearly missed by all his family and will live on forever in our hearts and thoughts. Anne Murrow Mrs. Mary Owen of Great Griggs, Llanteg Mary Owen passed away peacefully on 17th April after a short illness at Parc Y Llyn care home near Haverfordwest. Mary had lived in Llanteg since 1981, previously residing in St Clears, having grown up in Llanfihangel ar Arth, Carmarthenshire. Mary was born in East London in 1936, moving to Bedfordshire and then West Wales as a child. On leaving school Mary trained in London as a primary school teacher before meeting her husband Arwyn and getting married in 1958. Mary very much enjoyed gardening and wildlife, and developed the extensive garden at Great Griggs in the 1980s. She was also interested in charities and opened the garden under the National Gardens Scheme, with donations to a range of health and animal charities. Mary was an active member of the Llanteg community for many years, meeting local people and being part of the bowls team. She loved animals and the menagerie included, over many years, a dog, chickens, ducks, peacocks, cockatiel, Shetland pony, donkey and orphan lambs. Mary is survived by her husband, Arwyn, her sister, Susan, and son, Julian, and his partner Alison. The funeral had to be undertaken under Covid restrictions and so was restricted to close family. Mary is buried at the former Zoar Baptist Chapel, very close to her home and near to her son Jonathan. Julian Owen

5 NEW RESIDENTS A very warm welcome to any new residents who may have recently moved into the village. Due to Covid restrictions we have not been able to be out and about to meet you, but if you would like your names mentioned in the next Newsletter, please email: [email protected] or ring 831298. LLANTEG HISTORY Ruth Roberts 831298 [email protected] With the cessation of the History Group last year, not all the information they collected over their 20 years has been lost. As well as items still being held by the Hall Committee and other items deposited at the Haverfordwest Record Office, much has already been put online over the years as blogs for various subjects, as listed below: Crunwere Church Information – Crunwere School Information – Llanteg Community Association – Llanteg History Society – Llanteg Milestones – Llanteg Remembrance – Llanteg Then & Now – Llanteg Timeline – Mountain Chapel Information – Rectory Hill Well – Zoar Chapel History –

6 CONGRATULATIONS Emma Richards’ Fundraising for Maddie Emma Richards of Garness finished her mammoth J ohn O’Groats to Lands End virtual run at Amroth beach front in July. She had completed the 874 mile run in aid of 14 year old Maddie Jervis of Sparrowsnest. The money she raised bought Maddie the ATV John Deere gator, kindly loaned by Tallis Amos in Narberth. This vehicle will allow Maddie, who is rebuilding her life after a leg amputation, to get around the land and tend to her horses, thus giving her the independence she deserves. Funds also contributed towards a saddle and paid for some riding lessons. Maddie joined Emma on Amroth seafront to cross the finishing line and celebrate. The final amount raised was £12,000. ‘It was a very emotional finish for us all,’ said seven-times Ironman Emma, who had completed the 68 -day run on South Pembrokeshire roads and lanes. ‘You get such a buzz when you finish a race, and I wanted Maddie to share that feeling because, if she has hard times ahead, she will be able to think back to that moment and it will help her.’ Maddie was diagnosed with bone cancer last year and had her leg amputated at the hip in May and hopes to have a prosthetic leg fitted later this year. After she returned from hospital, she was determined to get out into the fields to feed her horses, and has achieved that through the loan of a six-wheeled Gator on which she can carry hay. The Gator was loaned to Maddie by Matthew Blackmore, depot manager at the Narberth branch of farm equipment supplier Tallis Amos, who are giving a discount of £1,200 off their price. Supporter and sponsors cheering Maddie and Emma across the line included Nick Roch of Simply Milk, Ludchurch, and Sam Atkinson, commercial director of Princes Gate Water, with rugby internationals, Gareth Davies and Ian Gough, while Ludchurch Farm brought along a decorated tractor. Maddie’s mum, Rachael, gave ‘huge thanks’ to Emma and all the donors and supporters and added: ‘It was amazing how many people turned out to see her and Maddie cross the line - a day we’ll never forget.’ Congratulations to Michael & Cynthia Gardner of Pen Y Cwm who celebr ated their 64th Wedding Anniversary on 19th September.

7 Well done to Haydn Clark of West Llanteg, who, along with three further generations of his family, had a head shave in August to raise over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK. The family fundraiser was inspired by 81-year-old Pat Willars of Jameston, who had successful treatment for breast cancer in 1997. The head shave took place in New Hedges and was carried out by hairstylist Andrew Price, who also gave a generous donation to the cause. Congratulations to Congratulations Bryony Gardner to Jake Owen, of Pen y Cwm, who grandson of graduated with 1st Mollie James of Class Honours from Arfryn, who the University of achieved a 1st Nottingham Class Honours with an MSci in Degree in Plant Science. Biological Science at St Johns College, Oxford. Congratulations to Alistair Bell of Llanteg Park, who started as the Major Trauma Rehabilitation Coordinator for West Wales and South Powys on 1st September. It Is a new service that gives South Wales a Major Trauma network like the rest of the UK to support patients with major trauma caused by things like severe car crashes, where a person is at risk of death or disability. Meanwhile Alistair, with his ice swimming, is planning on attempting an extreme ice mile. This will involve swimming in water of 0 degrees, possibly in Scotland or Ireland in the winter. ‘I fell off the wagon with training being unable to access the freezer warehouse at Castell Howell and not using outdoor water ways due to lock down. I am now resuming ice training so will see how my body adjusts. I have just been promoted in Hywel Dda health board, too, so if that gets really busy, I may just take a gap year from serious competitions. But watch this space!’ Congratulations to Jill Roberts of Llanteg Park, who has completed 500 miles of walking, mostly during lockdown! To help her complete 1000 miles by the end of the year (which she is fast approaching, if not quite yet met!), Jill’s current challenge is now the virtual 480 mile Camino de Santiago walk across Spain.

8 VILLAGE HALL & COMMUNITY ASSOC. Sue James 831468 [email protected] The Village Hall has now been closed to the public since the Covid-19 lockdown in late March, and at this moment in time the hall remains closed. Although we are anticipating reopening the hall for limited use in October, this is all subject to Welsh Assembly Government rulings and agreement by our Committee. However, there are positives. We did make a successful application to Pembrokeshire County Council (Enhancing Pembrokeshire Scheme) for Audio-Visual equipment. This means that we now have a hearing loop system, ceiling mounted projector and screen, stage lighting and speaker sound system which will, no doubt, improve the opportunities and experience for those using the hall in the future. We have also been very lucky to receive funding from Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Association of Volunteer Services (PAVS) that should help to keep the Village Hall financially solvent for the foreseeable future. The upgrade of the hall lighting has been on hold for a while due to Covid-19 restrictions, but this work should resume shortly. We are also endeavouring to get the hall painted internally, but again, lockdown restrictions have presented some problems, all of which we are hoping to overcome soon. In order to support those in our community who may be suffering with their wellbeing, we are intending to convert the computer room (IT) into a quiet room with suitable seating and lighting etc. We envisage the quiet room to be a place where people can relax and engage in conversation, something we’ve all missed perhaps. Thanks to Mary Megarry for obtaining a grant from Milford Haven Port Authority. We also had a financial donation from Llanteg Book Club and PAVS, which are greatly appreciated and will go towards buying comfortable seating for the quiet room. With regard to the community areas such as Old School Garden - Clay Pits, we have, during the lockdown period planted over four hundred deciduous trees, including Rowan, Oak, Crab Apple, Hawthorn, Hazel, Alder and Willow, all of which were given to us by the Woodland Trust and via an application made through Amroth Community Council. Many thanks to the Woodland Trust, and the Community Council for their valuable support. We also applied for and were successful with an application for gardening equipment, plants, shrubs, trees and bird feeders through the Community Council and from Keep Wales Tidy. Most of the planting is now complete, with a few fruit trees and shrubs remaining. Thanks to the Community Council and Keep Wales Tidy for all their support with this application. Also, trees that were suffering from Ash Dieback at the Old School Garden and Clay Pits have been either removed or made safe by a tree surgeon. Our thanks to Roger Harris from the Community Council for organising this and other work at The Clay Pits and Old School Garden. I’m sure you all appreciate that during lockdown we have all explored footpaths and community areas such as Mountain Chapel, Old School Garden, and The Clay Pits. Although, perhaps you were unaware that volunteers, like Tony Brinsden and John James, routinely cut the grass at two of these places. Well done to Tony and John. If you would like to help with any of the above areas, then please get in touch. Any time, be it thirty minutes or more, would be deeply appreciated.

9 Your Help Is Needed Please Finally, we are hoping to make an application to the Enhancing Pembrokeshire Grant Scheme for a project within the community, and in order to support any application, we desperately need your views! Some suggestions have been to improve the cycle and footpaths, create a play area for our young people, and develop the area behind the Village Hall as a seating area. The EPGS is funded from the money generated from the second homes council tax, and its purpose is to help address the impact second homes have and to add value to communities. With this in mind, could I please ask you to complete the enclosed questionnaire; we (members of the Hall Committee) will collect the questionnaires, so no need to post it. Roy James SPIRITWOOD 2020 has been a huge year for us here at Little Garness and Marros Woods. We are blessed to be able to steward the land here, watching the thousands of new trees we have planted over the last few years growing so well, and adding so much diversity to the forestry, planting native trees and mixtures of conifers and many other tree and wildflower species that are vital for pollinators: willows, lime, wild cherry, to name a few. The land is alive with wildlife! We have been blessed to have been mentored by Dee in the art and science of Beekeeping and, having transferred the business to us, we feel honoured to continue the work of producing fabulous local honey. We are in the midst of harvest time, but if you’d like to know more, visit our online shop, where you can buy our honey and see what we are up to, or follow us on instagram @spiritwoodwales SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE Anna & Jaz Strzelecki [email protected] Facebook - ‘Pembrokeshire Beach Cleans’ Due to Covid 19 we cannot do much at present but would encourage people to take a few bits of rubbish off the beach and bin it, if they can do so safely. Thankfully, Amroth has stayed pretty clean and we do our own mini cleans when needed, along with other locals who I know pick up, too. Thank you. If anyone is experiencing food poverty, please contact the Pembrokeshire Foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust Network, on 07913 989624.

10 New - Oriel Llanteglos Gallery - Llanteglos Estates Bringing together the best of Welsh Artists, Potters, Sculptors and Creativity, alongside statement pieces from far afield. Gallery proprietor, Denise Vickery, has many years’ experience in collating vibrant and individual pieces, having previously co-set up and run the Mimosa Gallery on Market Street, Llandeilo. Opening Hours: Wednesday: 11.00 – 17.00 Thursday: 11.00 – 1700 Saturday: 11.00 – 18.00 Sunday: 11.00 – 17.00 Friday: 11.00 – 18.00 Monday: 11.00 – 17.00 Speaking about the exciting new launch, Denise said: ‘Positioned as we are in this peaceful, rural setting, only a mile from Amroth Beach, we hope to attract tourists and locals alike. We will be open 6 days a week during high season, including Sundays, and aim to showcase both established and up and coming Artists with regular exhibitions.’ Handeman Building Services All aspects of building work, from picture hanging to decorating and much more. Just ask about your requirements. Also, manufacturer of Rock & Roll camper van beds. Call Mike on 07966253780 or email [email protected] Plastering, Building & Handy Man Services Interior plastering, kitchen & bathroom refurbishments. Overplastering of artex and walls. Coving, tiling & more. 30 years in the trade. Call Andy on 01834 831507 or 07816052737 Architectural Services New Build, Conversions, Extensions, Planning Application Drawings, Forms, Documents and Management. For work samples Google: - Atlas & Partners Planning Consultancy. Lowest prices - highest quality - initial consultation free. T: 01834 831855 M: 07810 891375 E: [email protected] CAD tuition offered, design your home 2D and 3D.

11 MOVING ON...Polly Raymond & Family, Rose Cottage Over the years we come across people who make a big difference to their local community and our village in Llanteg. Polly and family have been an inspiration in that respect, and always willing to get involved with the community, be it fundraising, helping out with community/village hall events etc.etc. The Llanteg Fun Days will live on in our memories for a very long time, with people coming from far and wide, and also contributing a considerable amount to the Welsh Air Ambulance and First Responder Charities. Since moving to Rose Cottage they have made it into a haven for wildlife, with a beautiful garden, and a lovely home for all four generations of the family to live. We would like to take this opportunity to bid a fond farewell to Polly, Baz, Jo, Hope and Joany, and our best wishes to you all for a happy future in your new homes and communities, our loss is their gain! Keep in touch and stay safe. Sue James AROUND THE VILLAGE Some Information on the Spaces Mentioned on the Cover The Clay Pits Following the Enclosure Award in 1868, the area of approx. 1 acre, now called The Clay Pits, was given to the village and used for stones for road repair and clay for domestic heating. These activities ceased many years ago and the area became very overgrown and inaccessible, latterly even being used for fly tipping. Members of Llanteg Community Association began clearing the area, so it now has a very pleasant lawned enclosure and pond. Volunteers now undertake the maintenance work here. The Old School Garden This was once known as the 'school field' and is situated behind what was Crunwere School (which closed in 1946 and is now a private dwelling). For years, it was an overgrown area. It was first cleared in the 1990s and later further enhanced to provide a tranquil garden area. Children's nature workshops and family B.B.Qs have been held there. Mountain Chapel Garden A former chapel, a short distance from the present building at the eastern end of The Clay Pits, was built with seating for forty people. This old chapel became dilapidated and a new and larger building was built in 1889. Unfortunately, the chapel had to close in December 1999. Plans were made to convert the chapel into a dwelling, but families felt this inappropriate with the graves surrounding it, so a campaign was raised to save the graveyard. This resulted in the decision that, as it would not become a dwelling, then the chapel would be mostly demolished - resulting in the small walled garden area you see today.

12 LLANTEG WALKING GROUP Jill Roberts 831142 [email protected] Facebook - The first walk since lockdown was on August Bank Holiday, when Jill led a walk around Llanteg, looking at various places of interest. 17 of us met up at The Clay Pits for our annual village walk, taking in Mountain Chapel, down to the Old School Garden, and then to the edge of the village to the stream bordering on to Marros Woods. We then headed toward Lanteague Wood and saw the recent storm damage, then back towards the pond and passed Llanteglos, seeing where the new gallery is going to be, before heading to Zoar Chapel and back to the main road. The September walk was at Laugharne. Future walks planned are to Abergwili in October with Nigel Bailey, and Amroth to Wiseman’s Bridge in November. Due to current restrictions, places for walks need to be booked - and are limited to 20 people. So, please contact Jill as soon as possible. You will then be informed of any changes that may occur. There is also a WhatsApp group to keep walkers informed. Covid rules apply and walks could change depending on restrictions. Walkers participate in all walks at their own risk Jill’s Llanteg Alphabet June would have been our annual Jo Cox Community Get-together. With our options severely limited this year, we brought online the Llanteg Alphabet, kindly done by Jill Roberts (organiser of Llanteg Walking Group) whilst she has been doing her various walking challenges. There were pictures covering every letter from A to Z - (Alpacas to Zoar!). The picture alphabet was only a small part of the vast amounts of local images that Jill has collected during lockdown. Why not try collecting your own Llanteg Alphabet as you walk around the village?

13 100 CLUB £12 to join for a year (April - March). 50% for prize money and 50% for Hall funds. Mary Megarry 811510 [email protected] The Village Hall 100 Club raises much needed funds for the upkeep of the hall. Subscriptions are £12 per number per year with 50% of the income being given as prizes in the draws, which take place every two months. The remaining 50% is then used to maintain the hall and village activities. The 100 Club year runs from 1 April. Anyone wishing to join should email Mary on [email protected] or call her on 01834 811510. Subscriptions can be paid by bank transfer or standing order, cheque or cash. May 2020 Number 8 (Nicholas Jones £36), Number 11 (Carolyn McCrea £24), Number 1 (Ken Woodworth £12). July 2020 Number 53 (Mollie James), number 77 (Rosie Hinman), number 60 (Neil Hoad). Sept 2020 Number 10 (Patricia Phillips), number 32 (Badgers Bowls Club), number 45 (Owen Brinsden). Mary Megarry AMROTH GOOD NEIGHBOURS During these changeable times we are still keeping the Good Neighbours Scheme going. The website is there both for those who need help and those who feel they can offer some sort of assistance. Please visit: Email: [email protected] Tel: 01834 855808 or contact your local volunteer. Amroth Community Council and residents want to recognise local hero and volunteer coordinator Alec Cormack. His energy, commitment and IT skills have made a huge difference in his own village and others around the county. You are most deserving of your title ‘Pembrokeshire Community Champion’.

14 LLANTEG NATURE RAMBLINGS [email protected] We are probably all sick of hearing about coronavirus these days, so I thought I'd talk about something else! Instead, I thought I'd choose 'native species number 541', which was added to our property's species list in mid-September: the Stoat (Mustela erminea)! We've had suspicions we had them, as we have regularly heard sequential explosions of alarmed birds up and down the hedgerows since we allowed the hedges to become habitable wildlife corridors: these 'rolling alarms' are a slightly comical phenomenon that is actually a sure sign that predators are about. Suspicions were almost confirmed last year, when I found three 'mystery' dead moles, upside down and in the middle of our mown paths, with a pair of holes at their neck, but no other sign - 'stoats', said one of my mammal specialist friends. This year, we have finally seen a live stoat run across the road, directly from our hedge! If you read the books, it will tell you that a stoat is amongst the smallest of our carnivores, being up to 50% larger than a weasel, with a proportionately longer tail (about half the length of its body) that is black-tipped (the weasel's is much smaller in relation, and all-brown), although the animal generally has the same chestnut-brown above and white below as the weasel. Stoats are considerably smaller and lighter than the ferret-sized pole- cat, which can be discounted straight away. All very well, but when you see what might be one running across a road, you have to narrow down on only a few things .... was it larger than you'd expect a weasel to be (“yes”)? Was its tail a prominent feature of the general form (“yes”)? Was it dark or light brown (“light - but tail seemed 'darker' ”)? .... and rely on past experience (I have seen 30+ stoats over 40 years). To be honest, I suspect it was male, being quite a large animal, for a stoat. Stoats are major predators of wood mice, voles and shrews (and rabbits), so, with burgeoning populations of those animals, it should be no surprise that we also hold stoats as part of a healthy ecosystem, but they are more difficult to see, and thus to report. Now we have to look for other signs, to see if these animals are passing through or if we have a breeding den, complete with kits! Receive a Monthly If you have Mailing List of anything to Llanteg Events celebrate, Contact please let us know! ruthroberts123

15 LLANTEG GARDENING GROUP Roy James 831468 [email protected] First of all, thanks to all Gardening Group members for your support and enthusiasm over the past months, without which we would not be able to continue as a group. It would be an understatement to say that 2020 has been a challenging year for us all, but for those of us who like to socialise and learn new skills from others, then it’s been unreal. When the Covid-19 lockdown began we none of us had any idea of what lay ahead. No surprises there you might say. But at least, thank goodness, we know how to behave, so don’t despair, things will improve and thanks to email, Zoom and YouTube etc, life doesn’t need to go into complete isolation. After all, the Earth still turns on its axis and continues its journey around the Sun, when I last looked! As far as future gardening talks at the Village Hall, we have some speakers in place, but all of this is subject to Welsh Assembly Government restrictions, and the Village Hall Committee. However, if we are allowed to go ahead and meet up in the hall, we expect there will be compulsory social distancing and the wearing of masks and hand sanitisation. This may or may not be what you personally are comfortable with, but we fully accept and understand your decision. Should circumstances prevent us from attending the hall as a group or as individuals, then, thanks to Trish Cormack, we now have a YouTube channel and we have used Zoom for one of our gardening meetings, so we could use either of these platforms for gardening talks and meetings in the future. The autumn/winter talks we are planning look like this (at the moment), but this is subject to change. October 21st - Paul/Liz O’Neill (Llwyngarreg) Plants We’ve Killed November 11th- Joseph Atkin (Aberglasney) Title to be confirmed December 9th - Carole Whittaker (Glynbach) History of Medicinal Qualities of Monardas January 20th - Jake Rayson (Forest Garden Wales) The Making of a Forest Garden February 17th - Piers Lunt (Abergwili) Designing Hidden History March 10th -Trish Cormack (Llanteg GG) No Dig April ** - Bryony (Georgina’s daughter) Growing Crops by Aeroponic Methods Unfortunately, because of lockdown, our spring/summer garden visits had to be cancelled, but let’s hope that these visits will resume from April 2021 onwards, subject to restrictions. So, from an optimistic viewpoint, we are intending to visit the following places during the summer of 2021: Llwyngarreg - Llanfallteg , Upton Castle - Cosheston, Abergwili - Carmarthen, Aberglasney - Llangathen, Glynbach - Llangolman, Panteg - Llanddewi Velfrey, and Nantyietau - St Clears. Dates and times to be sent out by email nearer the dates. VIRTUAL FLOWER, VEGETABLE & CRAFT SHOW In the latter part of the summer, and mainly to stay in contact with each other, we embarked upon our first Virtual Flower/Vegetable and Craft Show. The format was basic and the idea simple, but in all fairness you have supported this really well, so much so, that with a few tweaks and your approval, then it’s worth trying again.

16 For example, in the photographic category and in art creation, there have been some interesting innovative entries. In this section, you had to recreate a famous painting from anything found in your home or garden, examples would be Vincent van Gogh’s Self Portrait or Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa. Moreover, the vegetable and flower entries have been really good. The only regrets are that I should have started the competition earlier in the growing season, and looked for sponsorship for prizes! Although, to be positive, many thanks for all your entries into the Virtual Show, and please don’t forget, if you don’t want your show entries published on Facebook or on Llanteg’s web site, then please email me. Last but not least, thanks to the judges for all their support and good work. The results and pictures should be available in early October, along with your virtual certificates. The Gardening Group annual meeting will be in October (we don’t have a date yet), and again it could be Zoom or at the Village Hall. Finally, if anyone is interested in joining the Gardening Group, then please come along to the annual meeting, which will be advertised on social media and the local paper, or contact [email protected] Presently we charge £2 for our gardening talks in the hall (we will need to know if you are attending the hall, this is due to the restriction in numbers guidelines which may be in force at the time). Roy James Simon Egginton Simon’s Building Services General Builder, Plastering, Blocking, Rendering, Carpentry, Kitchens & Bathrooms, New Builds & Extensions. No job too small - FREE estimates. Call 07870 395011 or 01834 831719 Tir Celyn Crofty Showground Llanteg Fitness Llanteg SA67 8PY All Day Breakfast A local gym offering Sunday Dinner classes 3 evenings a Home Cooked Food Parties Welcome week. Open 7 days a week 8.30-4pm Contact Emma to discuss classes and your personal objectives on Facebook 01834 831193 ‘Llanteg Fitness’ or call 07507 629379 07526 530 330

17 TAVERNSPITE SCHOOL NEWS Headteacher - Kevin Phelps School - 01834 831691 [email protected] Hello again from Tavernspite School. I hope that you have all been well during this recent challenging time. As you may expect, our recent school news has been dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the schools closed at the end of March under government direction, the summer term was very different at Tavernspite School this year. Our brilliant staff were determined to make the best of a difficult situation and quickly went straight to work setting up ‘Google Classrooms’ for the children, so that they could continue their learning. These are basically online learning platforms on which the children could log in from their homes each morning and receive their school work for the day from their teachers. It was really successful and the children enjoyed their daily interactions with their teachers and classmates. We provided laptop computers for those families needing an extra computer and paper versions of school work for those who preferred that, just to make sure that everyone was well catered for. We even presented online regular school assemblies which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. At this time, the school was completely inundated with thanks from parents about how hard the staff had worked in engaging the children’s learning every day in difficult circumstances, and how successful the online learning had been. It was wonderful having such incredible support from our school families. During the lockdown our federated partner school, Templeton, was open throughout as it was designated a hub school to provide childcare for critical workers’ children, so that their parents were able to continue doing their important work. The Templeton hub was open 8am to 5pm every day, including the Easter and Whitsun holidays. As well as Tavernspite and Templeton children, the hub was also attended by pupils from surrounding schools, including Stepaside, Narberth, St Oswalds, Brynconin, St Florence and Saundersfoot. It was extremely successful and we were all very proud of the wonderful service we had provided. Towards the end of June, as we started to prepare for the reopening of schools, I was privileged to be interviewed by the Welsh Government Communications Manager to share my views on the importance of reopening schools and our plans to do it safely, whilst ensuring that it was a wonderfully happy experience for the children. I was surprised a few days later to see the interview posted on the Facebook and Twitter social media pages of Kirsty Williams, the Minister for Education in Wales. A great way to get Tavernspite School on the map! When schools did eventually reopen, it was fantastic to see so many children back at school. Our staff went to work to organise a brilliant socially distant sports day/ week, with the children competing in their ‘bubbles’ against the other members of their class. It was wonderful fun and yet we still managed to follow all the social distancing and hygiene protocols. Everyone who took part performed brilliantly and thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the various races. At the end of the school year we said goodbye to our Year 6 pupils who are all moving on to Secondary School. Inspite of the COVID situation, we did our best to give them a great send off. We were unable to perform a Leavers’ Assembly this year, so instead we made a virtual leavers’ video.

18 The result was absolutely brilliant and I’m sure the Year 6 pupils and families will enjoy this as a wonderful keepsake of their time at Tavernspite School. The Year 6 pupils also enjoyed a fantastic pizza party on the school field with all the parents invited to join the celebrations. We even managed to organise the traditional, although this year socially distant, leavers’ arch. Thank you for taking the time to read our school news! If you wish to know anything else, please do not hesitate to contact me at school. Kevin Phelps Headteacher ST ELIDYR’S CHURCH, AMROTH Val Beynon 813091 [email protected] The Church will hopefully open for an occasional mid -week service in late September. Social distancing measures have been put in place; when we get open you will have to book your seat and leave contact details when you arrive. Keep in touch with churchwardens for more information. The following events will happen during the remainder of this year. Possible during November – Coffee Morning at the Amroth Arms. Mid/late December – Nine Lessons and “Listening to Carols” at the Church. 09:00 hrs Friday 25th December – Christmas Day Eucharist. When normal Services recommence, there will be Holy Eucharist on the 1st and 3rd Sundays at 09:00am. Churchwardens: Char les Car ter , 01834 831223, chcar ter @btinter Lianne Harbord, 01834 831552, [email protected] Community Connector - Jo Brookman Lloyd PAVS ‘I can support you to increase your social interaction, and help you enjoy a more independent life within your community. I can provide information on local activities, services and groups to suit your needs.’ Jo has set up a Zoom Virtual Arts & Crafts Group which meets online every Friday at 3pm. It is open to anybody who wants to join from around the County & beyond as Zoom has no limits! If you want to join in, please let Jo know and you will then be sent joining instructions. Call on 07595 192933 or email [email protected]

19 AMROTH WARD COUNTY COUNCILLOR Tony Baron 831677 [email protected] When writing this column last April we were at the start of a national lockdown with Covid-19 cases rising rapidly. As the peak of cases passed, the severity of the lockdown was progressively eased. Recently, Pembrokeshire County Council has been slowly and carefully re-opening its leisure and library services. As in the rest of Wales, schools have re-opened thanks to a major effort by teaching and other school staff to make the schools as Covid-19 safe as possible. It is particularly noteworthy that essential services, such as waste collection, were maintained throughout the lockdown due to the flexibility and commitment of Council staff. Now, however, we face a second wave of the pandemic, with local lockdowns being enforced in Wales and throughout the UK. Although Pembrokeshire has been relatively fortunate compared to the rest of the country, in terms of the number of Covid-19 cases, the need for vigilance and social distancing remains acute. The Covid-19 virus must now be seen as endemic and a large rise in cases must be guarded against. The priority must be to keep our schools open so that the long term prospects of the young are not permanently impaired. At the same time, adequate protection must be given to the elderly, particularly those in care and residential homes. In addition, the needs of those requiring adult residential care or home assistance should be remembered and catered for in these difficult times. Following a successful remote Full Council Meeting with over 70 participants, including Councillors and Officers in July, Council Meetings are now held remotely. Such remote meetings are likely to continue until at least the end of 2020, but the possibility of hybrid meetings with some present in County Hall and the rest connecting remotely, is being explored. While the pandemic has brought about an up-swelling of good neighbourliness, unfortunately, there are some who try to take advantage. There has been a substantial rise in scams, the latest one being someone pretending to be from Age Concern attempting to get people to buy herbal products. Please be careful of unsolicited calls. My email inbox continues to be dominated by representations from residents concerning developments at Heritage Park. Heritage Park was supposed to be discussed at the Cabinet Meeting on 14 September. However, this Agenda Item was pulled. The reason given was \"Officers are investigating the recent commencement of development at Heritage Park and the Council may be left with no alternative but to give consideration to instigating legal proceedings.” In fairness to both residents and the developer, PCC needs to undertake a full public consultation on the proposed variation of the 2007 lease granted by PCC to the developer. All parties need to be heard and the development requires certainty, so that it can be completed on an acceptable basis. Amroth Community Council Clerk 01437 563312 or [email protected]

20 LLANTEG LITERATI Mary Megarry 01834 811510 [email protected] The village reading group continues to meet monthly but online via Zoom, for which we thank Trish Cormack for hosting. The group are really relaxed, logging in from home offices, sitting rooms and their bedrooms, despite interruptions from dogs, partners, cats and random telephone calls. Not only discussing the monthly book choice but also the reading challenge. Being online and with no one really able to go on holiday, we also met in August, which was a first. Books read recently have included: Mayday by Clive Cussler, Away with the Penguins by Hazel Prior, The Book Thief by Markus Zusack and Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. A timely choice in April was Small Island by Andrea Levy, which coincided with #BlackLivesMatter campaign emerging, so some thought provoking discussion resulted. So, eclectic as ever, although we are looking forward to returning to the Village Hall really soon. For our reading challenges, we have discussed, amongst others, our individual choices of books with a place name in the title, a children’s or young adult book and our newest unread book. This does then give us a wider range of books which we may not have heard of nor read. The group have also donated £100 towards the refurbishment of the IT room into a lounge. For details on the group, please look on our Facebook page, Llanteg Literati or email [email protected] CRUNWERE CREATIVE ART GROUP Patricia Phillips831497 [email protected] It’s been a very difficult time for all our dedicated artists since we last met on 9th March. We have all been trying to carry on with our Art as normal by everyone sending their artistic creations to me, who has then circulated them round to all members of the group. It is unclear when we will all be able to meet up again; this is subject to the Village Hall re-opening. Even then, it is possible some of our members will be reluctant to re-join the group. Realistically, it’s likely to be after Christmas and after we have all had our inoculation against this terrible virus. In the meantime, please keep sending your artistic creations in for us all to enjoy. Looking forward to us all meeting up again. Patricia Phillips

21 The Temple Bar Amroth Winner of Pembrokeshire’s Dog Friendly Award Opening 10am till late - Food served all day. Breakfast 10-noon, Main menu 10am - 9pm & Thai food 6- 9pm. Take away available all day. Bingo Tuesdays & Quiz Wednesdays 01834 812486 and on Facebook EDGEY’S GARAGE - 01834 832945 To rear of Llanteg Filling Station 8-5pm Monday to Friday, 8-12 noon Saturday Full range of services for all makes of vehicle including Servicing, Welding, MOT Preparation, Tyres, Exhausts, Brakes and Diagnostics. Your car can be collected and delivered to your home. 24 Hour Breakdown Service - 07971 872112 - Thanks for all your continued support Amroth ARMS Lunches served daily 12 noon - 2.30pm, Evening Meals Monday - Saturday from 6pm, Sunday Lunch 12 noon - 2.30pm To book a table call 01834 812480 Takeaways available: Coffee & cake £5 all day Coffee & bacon roll £5 10am -12 noon mon - sat. Follow us on Facebook Tenby Tourers Open 7 days a week 07769 118170 or Crofty, Llanteg SA67 8QE 01834 831900 Caravan Sales/Repairs, Caravan & Camping Accessory Shop Why not visit our newly refurbished awning showroom. K925 Pet Services Spin Doctor Bike Repairs (Llanteg). Fully qualified CYTECH Master Technician. Fully insured and experienced pet care - Over 20 years experience. including dog walking, All jobs accepted. cat visits and Local collection and drop off available free of charge. house sitting. Call 07961 108009 Email [email protected] 07912160131 [email protected] Local collection & delivery carried out to government guidelines on social distancing or drop your bike off and social distancing will be applied. Local Businesses - Many thanks for your continued suppor t.

22 Stepaside Coachworks Ltd Accident Repair Centre Narberth Pembs SA67 8JN [email protected] 01834 812491 Kevin Lewis, Brook View, Llanteg Plumbing & Heating Engineer Baxi, Worcester, LPG, Service Maintenance, Static Caravans, General Plumbing & Heating Landlord’s Gas Safety Certificates (Gas Safe 219152) 07791 345964 The Smugglers Bar & Grill - Amroth Serving delicious homemade food and drinks ALL DAY, with daily specials also available. Outside seating with panoramic sea views - no reservations. Indoor seating available by reservation or a walk-in basis. Also now doing a TAKEAWAY service. Contact us for further information, general enquiries or to book/order. Menu at Amroth, Narberth, SA678ND. (01834) 812100. [email protected] Pembrokeshire Caravan Care Caravan & Motorhome Mobile Repairs, Servicing & Spares Call Rob - 01834 831714 or 07803 146416 ——————————Also————————— PowerTouch Motor Movers supplied and fitted Short Cutz Unisex Hair Salon, Llanteg 831113 Wishing everyone a safe and healthy Autumn. LOCAL HONEY FOR SALE Email Newsletters Mike & Caz at Little Garness Want a copy or know someone Set or clear, can deliver, 5 star rating who does? 07903859515, [email protected] [email protected] or ring 831298. or via Facebook Covid-19 - bank transfer where possible Newsletters going back to 2008 online at

23 BIRTHDAYS Happy 95th Happy 93rd Birthday to Birthday to Joany Dorothy King of Leppard, until Farm View for recently of Rose 18th November. Cottage, for 23r d Dorothy now November. resides at Waungron, Whitland. Happy 95th Birthday to Audrey James of Rose Park for 15th January. If you ‘like’ the ‘Llanteg Village’ Facebook page you will have updates of any Llanteg news and it is a quick way to keep in touch. LLANTEG SHORT MAT BOWLS Sally Watts 831359  [email protected] Meet on Mondays & Thursdays 7.00 pm at Llanteg Hall Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we have been unable to return to Short Mat Bowls (one of the fastest growing sports in the UK) at Llanteg Village Hall. It has been difficult not being able to meet up with our friends and enjoy the gentle exercise afforded by bowling. However, everyone’s health and well being is paramount. We had rescheduled our Presentation dinner for September but have had to postpone it again until April 2021 (fingers crossed). The trophies are engraved and ready to present. Pictured is the League Winner’s Shield, which started in 1990. We have won it for the third year in a row. It is very unlikely that the League competitions will take place for 2020/21. When we do return, we would welcome new players of any age, beginners or experienced, to come and join us. Coaching will be available.

24 Welsh Craft Arts – Handcrafted Gifts for all Occasions Welsh Craft Arts offers a unique range of handcrafted products designed for all occasions and special events. Most of our products can be personalised to match your individual needs. We pride ourselves in ensuring that we only use the finest quality materials and traditional handcraft skills. For more information about our product range, please review our online shop or contact us for an informal chat. Web site: Tel: 01834831248 or 07531439513. Malcolm Thomas Plumbing & Heating - Leadwork & Roofing Including complete bathroom and kitchen fitting service No job too small Tel 07791 106447 or 01834 831153 [email protected] GREENACRE MARKET GARDEN Fruit & Veg Boxes Available See Facebook for further information or ring Sola 07563 900306 Our honesty box is inside the building at the gate - stay safe. Please remember that any event mentioned in this Newsletter may be subject to change - so do double check before turning up for anything. Hope you all stay safe and well.

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