BBC1 School Swap: Korea Style

BBC1 Wales 10.40pm Monday 28th/Tuesday 29th November
Recently three Ysgol Dewi Sant pupils: Tommy Reynolds, Sarah Jenkins and Ewan Miles had the opportunity to fly across the world to take part in a documentary for the BBC about education in South Korea. This is their story:
“Students in Korea spend 19 years in education, not a minimum of 16, and are still required to give a year to the armed forces in national service. They spend their
school lives working toward KSATs – the Korean equivalent of A-Levels – which help students get into prestigious colleges and universities, which to them is the ultimate goal.
Gangnam, where we stayed, was beautiful; the rich part of Seoul; a luxurious place. We each stayed with a student counterpart of similar ability and personality, attending school and sampling the young Korean lifestyle.
Three full days were spent in school and we stayed with our host families for four nights from Tuesday until Saturday morning, when we visited the Palace in Seoul and had a beautiful send-off. Sarah attended Suhmoon Girls School, Tommy and Ewan the prestigious Dankook University School. Coeducation is uncommon. Days are long and lessons many. Korean students don’t select, instead they take most subjects through their whole school career – including English, Korean, Maths A and B, Korean History, Music, Science.
Typically students start school at 8 am and finish at 4 pm. Lateness incurs chores such as cleaning the classroom for a month – no exaggeration. After school they may spend hours in a library studying and doing homework or return to the self-study room at school until as late as 11. Go home, shower, sleep, rinse, repeat. It’s tough.
In Korea education is well-funded and school principals have absolute power. Teachers have the social status of doctors and are highly respected. It was reflected in school where kids were disciplined, worked hard, and saw teachers as mentors and key figures in their lives. However, surprisingly, teachers and students often have great banter with each other, which is a lovely if unexpected thing. Students appreciate school, they value their education, perhaps more than Westerners do.
There are a few things we could take away from their system, but we felt in the end they lose out. So much time is spent on academia and they don’t have access to extra-curricular activities like we do.
The guys we met, really funny and kind as they were, were quite immature as a result of not going to school side by side with girls, and devoting all of their spare time to either study or video games.
In summary: it was an exceedingly amazing opportunity, a massively interesting experience. We stayed with some lovely people, tasted some exquisite food and had a truly magnificent time.”

Pictures BBC


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Church Christmas Events

Sat 3rd & Sun 4th Dec: St Aidans annual Christmas Tree festival. if you would like to enter, please contact Sam Probert or Helen Phillips. The church will be open all weekend for people to come and see and vote for the different entries.
The festival will close with a Christmas concert featuring the Goodwick Community Brass Band on the 4th December from 6 pm. Tickets £5 (Children free) and available from any PCC member.
Sunday 18th December: @ 6pm Nine lessons
and carols – St Aidans Solva.
Saturday 24th December: @ 11.45pm
Midnight mass – St Aidans Solva.
Sunday 25th December: @ 11.15am
Christmas Eucharist – St Davids Whitchurch.


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Solva Shopping Evening

Tuesday 6th December from 5.30 to 7.30 pm.
Festive Treats and Special Offers. Please support Solva Businesses!
Get in the festive spirit and support local businesses. A really lovely social evening plus a chance to see and purchase unique gift ideas – a bit different from the usual High Street offerings!
Window on Wales – Mulled wine and special offers
Shalom – Christmas cards
Oriel Fach – Spiced cider
Sail Loft Gallery – Special offers plus Christmas trees on sale
Vermillion – locally made gifts
Harbour Inn – 25% off grills plus Tony’s Bingo
Ship Inn – Launching “fabulous food factory” children’s menu at £3.25, plus complimentary snacks for grown-ups!


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Parc y Capel Christmas Carols

Parc y Capel committee’s annual Christmas Carol singing will be held on Wednesday 14th December at 5.30 pm in Parc y Capel, around the Christmas tree. All welcome!
Mulled wine and mince pies (alternative refreshments available) will be served in the
Memorial Hall. We hope that Father Christmas will also be there! (If the weather is
not suitable the whole event will be held in the Hall).


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SOLVA COMMUNITY CINEMA

Presents:
Thu 5 Jan: “Captain Fantastic” (PG) Drama
Thu 2 Feb: “Café Society” (12A) Romantic comedy
Thu 2 Mar: “Bridget Jones’s Baby” (15) Romantic comedy
Cinema Tickets: Adults: £5.00; Under 18’s: £3.50
Doors open: 7.00 pm / Show: 7.30 pm


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An Evening of Carols

Arranged jointly by St Aidans Church and Capel Ucha’, in aid of SHELTER, will take
place on Thursday 15th December at 7.00 pm in Capel Ucha’.
Please support this worthy cause.


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Parc y Capel 100 Club

November draw results:
1st prize £50 No.23 Maggie McKenzie
2nd prize £30 No.107 Moira Johnston
3rd prize £20 No.10 Rhian Perry


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Ysgol Solfach

This year’s School Council and the pupils of Ysgol Solfach are promoting healthy eating. Each class has held a class council to discuss possible ideas to promote healthy eating, and the School Council members will share the ideas at their next meeting.
Christmas Events
Fri 2 Dec: PTA host Christmas Bingo at Harbour Inn – eyes down 7 pm.
Wed 7 Dec: School Christmas Concert, Memorial Hall afternoon & evening.
Wed 14 Dec: Parc y Capel Carols at 5.30 pm.
Thu 15 Dec: School Choir & Orchestra at Memorial Hall Coffee Morning, at 11 am
Fri 16 Dec: PTA host Children’s Christmas Disco at memorial hall from 6 – 8 pm.
Refreshments available. Entry £1 per Child.


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SOLVA WI

Solva WI will be celebrating the centenary of its inception in 2017 and as a village
organisation, we would like to celebrate with the community. The idea is to stage
an evening of entertainment – the initial meeting was very encouraging and we
would welcome more participants.
Please come along to a follow-up meeting on: Wednesday 30th November at 7.30 pm in Solva Memorial Hall. For further information contact Jane Pascoe: 01437 721544.


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St. Davids Surgery & Solva Surgery

St. Davids Surgery & Solva Surgery – Christmas & New Year Opening
Friday 23rd December Open as usual (8am-6.30pm)
CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTMAS DAY & BOXING DAY: CLOSED – Care on Call cover
Tuesday 27th December CLOSED – Care on Call cover
Wednesday 28th December Open as usual (8am-6.30pm)
Thursday 29th December Open as usual (8am-6.30pm)
Friday 30th December Open as usual (8am-6.30pm)
NEW YEAR’S EVE, NEW YEARS DAY & Monday 2nd January: CLOSED – Care on Call cover
Tuesday 3rd January Open as usual (8am-6.30pm)
Care on Call Pembrokeshire, based at Withybush Hospital, will provide essential GP cover when your Surgery is closed. Please telephone the usual Surgery number and your call will be automatically diverted. Please order your Repeat Prescriptions well in advance of the coming break, allowing 2 working days notice.

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.


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Poppy Appeal Collection

The total for the appeal, so far, totals £971.29, with more to come!
Thanks to all who gave so generously, and special mention goes to our house-to-house collectors: Jane Pascoe, Mary Walker, Christine Daykin and Linda Agniss.


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Edge Festival

Our next fundraiser is the Edge Christmas Party to be held at the Memorial Hall on Friday 9 December, tickets at just £15 per head are selling fast – join us for festive merriment, feasting, quaffing, baubles, bling and booty shaking. Ricky and the Retrospex are playing. We have the massive Christmas hamper raffle and prizes for the best dressed party goers.
Next year’s events are:
● TRUMPED – a mad American night on 20 January
● Six Nations Special on 17 February
● Sink the Titanic on 7 April.
Please put the dates in your diary and look out for others too.
Over £8000 to date has gone into local projects, charities and good causes. We are supporting the village of Solva to keep it vibrant, diverse and sustainable. The fun filled fundraising goes on! Please support the Edge!


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Solva Boat Owners Association

A solar lamp has been installed by the Sand Quay, to give illumination
and enhance security to the area.
Louise Jenkins, the new proprietor of Cafe on the Quay, will open on the
following dates:- Saturday 17th December 2016 till after New Years Day
(excluding Christmas day); February Half term; and Easter.
The provisional lift-in date is Saturday 29th April 2017.
The SBOA AGM will be held on Saturday 11th March 2017 followed by the Annual Dinner at Crug Glas, those who have shown interest in attending please return your forms to Dave Taylor, ASAP. More information will be available on the website and face book.
A face-lift of the Club house is in progress and PCNPA is renewing the steps, at the rear of the Club house, up to Pen yr Aber.


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SOLVA CARE

Coordinator Lena Dixon: 07805 717556 / solvacare@solva.gov.wales
News: Solva Care – Interview by BBC Radio and TV
On 23 November Solva Care was interviewed by BBC Wales for their programmes BBC Radio Wales ‘Good Morning Wales’ & BBC1 Wales ‘Wales Today’- still available on BBC iplayer.
Lena Dixon and Fran Barker were interviewed along with a couple of volunteers and residents who use our services.
Our last Music & Movement session for 2016 will be on Friday 9 Dec from 2-4 pm in the Hall.
“The Aging Ukes” will be providing the music. The sessions will resume in January and there are plans for making them weekly!
Solva Care, as part of Solva Community Council, is sponsoring the annual Senior Citizen’s Christmas Lunch on Saturday 3rd Dec. All residents aged 60+ are welcome to attend.
Stay Safe Stay Connected:
Six Solva Care volunteers met in the Harbour Inn, on 26 October to receive half a day’s training on the safe use of the Internet, knowledge that they can pass on to other members of the community. The training, led by Digital Communities Wales, will be repeated in the New Year (date to be announced). If you are interested in attending the session or would like any information on the safe use of the internet then please contact Lena Dixon on 07805 717556.
On 17 November twenty one people attended the screening of the film “Catch Me if You Can” and listened to the introduction on scams and scammers, given by Sandra McSparron from Trading Standards and Naomi Hicks from our Neighbourhood Police Team. Feedback was positive and useful for the next Stay Safe Stay Connected event on 8 December at the Memorial Hall Coffee morning. Neighbourhood Police Officers will be in attendance to give advice and talk to individuals in private. All welcome.
Stay Safe Stay Connected Quiz
Prize for senior citizen entries (over 60s) a trueCall Secure device worth £120.
Under 60s prize the Bluray film ‘Catch me if you can’.
Pick the right answer from the options given:
1. The number to call to report a scam (neighbourhood police): 1: 103 or 2: 101 or 3: 999 ?
2. If a website has an address ending with co.uk it is always safe to use: 1. True 2. False ?
3. If a stranger calls you, and has information about you, should you accept they are from a legitimate company: 1. Always 2. Sometimes 3. Never ?
4. A person calls you saying you have problems with your computer and that they can help. It is best that you: 1. Accept their help 2. Say you will call them back 3. Say, no thank you ?
5. A cold caller comes to your door and offers to do a job for a price. It is best that you: 1. Ask for a written quote 2. Say, no thank you 3. Say, come back next week you’ll think about it ?
Put your answers in an envelope addressed to Lena Dixon and hand in at Bay View Stores, Luncheon club, Coffee morning or to Sue Denman who can also be contacted if you have any queries on 07817 410782. Please submit your entry by Friday 20 January 2017. The winners will be announced in the February newsletter. Don’t forget to indicate your age group on your entry (over 60 or under 60!).
Solva Care extends Best Wishes to everyone for Christmas and New Year!


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WHITCHURCH AND SOLVA HERITAGE PROJECT

At the first meeting 12th October 2016 , in Solva Memorial Hall, a draft
plan was presented for the joint aims of:
● forming a Heritage Society to promote a Heritage Trail and building a
comprehensive archive of our history.
● raising funds to repair the churches of St David, Whitchurch and St Aidan, Solva so that they might be used as starting points for the exploration of the area providing information on places of interest, shops, galleries, hostelries etc. so linking present amenities with our fascinating history.
Contributors (including the local school) offering many different skills, have already committed to providing support and resources in various areas. Suggested areas to cover and possible titles for a series of booklets are available on request. It is hoped that these will generate some income for the various organisations involved.
The guest speaker was Martin Roberts – founder of the Croesgoch Heritage Group – who outlined the development of their annual programme and awards won over the last ten years. This offered a model and inspiration for the future venture.
It was decided that Easter 2017 would be an achievable goal for an exhibition, with a guided walk, by Martin Roberts, to launch the Heritage Trail project. In the new year, we will arrange for contributors to bring precious pictures and documents to be scanned on specific Thursday mornings in the Memorial Hall so that there is no risk of the treasures being borrowed, lost or damaged. Dates to be arranged. Everyone is welcome to participate in any capacity.
Contact: Brenda Lloyd on 07739 158024 or e-mail: brendalloydndt@btinternet.com


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Oriel y Parc Christmas Market

Oriel y Parc Christmas Market – Saturday 3 December
Join us for some Christmas shopping amongst the varied stalls of the local areas producers, have some Christmas cheer with mulled wine, minced pies, face painting and live music by local choir ReChoired at 11am.
Meet Santa in his Christmas grotto and receive a gift – charged at £1.50 per child.
10am – 4pm FREE ENTRY 4 and FREE PARKING.


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Buses

PCC is seeking the views of bus passengers across the county in a bid to get more people to use the service. Residents, visitors, and potential bus users are being invited to answer a short questionnaire that will help shape its future.
The bus service is provided for the people of Pembrokeshire and it is important that any future plans fit around their needs. We have sent questionnaires out to bus operators, leisure centres, TIC’s, customer service centres and libraries. We also value your input and would really appreciate if you could complete our questionnaire, which is available at Bay View Stores, Solva Memorial Hall and online at: www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk

BUS TIMETABLE – Richards Bros. bus services over Christmas and New Year. Please
download from: http://www.richardsbros.co.uk/christmas-new-years-bus-service-information/


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NEWGALE COASTAL ADAPTATION SCHEME (abridged)

The public meetings held on 20th & 21st October, which we called “Sounding Board 1”, were very well attended with at least 150 people calling in over the two days. They provided a huge amount of information, comment and opinion. The project team are very grateful for all the input.
The Masterplan
Atkins have also been awarded a contract to prepare a masterplan, which will have the aims of considering a new integrated vision for Newgale when the existing main road is relocated. During Sounding Board 1, posters illustrated how the coast is changing and the need to plan for the future. A facilitated workshop with Newgale residents and other stakeholders explored the opportunities and potential issues that coastal change could bring. Attendees identified key elements and needs for the area and generally agreed in the importance of natural assets to preserve the character of the village. Access (to the beach, to and from work and of emergency services), local businesses and beach facilities were also highlighted. The outcomes of the session will feed in the next stages of the Masterplan.
A follow up ‘Sounding Board 2’ is scheduled for 13th December, from noon onwards, at Victoria Hall, Roch, when a number of potential visions for the future of the village will be presented.
For further information contact: Emyr Williams, PCC Coastal & Rivers Engineer: 01437 776143.


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Come and Have Your Say

PCC Chief Executive Ian Westley and Leader Cllr Jamie Adams are inviting members
of the public to come and have their say on how the Council can make further
efficiency savings, and their priorities for well-being.
“Pembrokeshire County Council needs to make savings of at least £28 million
between 2017 and 2020 as a result of continuing national austerity,” said Cllr Jamie
Adams. “We have already saved £35 million between 2014 and 2017, but there remains a significant funding gap as a result of less money coming from the Welsh Government, and the impact of increased workforce costs, and demographic and inflationary pressures. All local authorities across Wales are facing similar challenges. We need to examine how we can continue to deliver excellent services – including alternative models of service delivery – while protecting the most vulnerable in our communities.”
The meetings will take place at the following locations:
Monday, 5th December: County Hall, Haverfordwest (6.30pm to 8pm)
Monday, 12th December: Ysgol Bro Gwaun, Fishguard (6.30pm to 8pm)
You can also give your views online at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay


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The Future of our Schools

There is a public meeting tonight (Monday 21st Nov)  at St Davids City Hall regarding the future of schools on the St Davids peninsula. The meeting starts at 7pm.


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