Grand Opening of the Solva Mosaic Steps

The beautiful mosaic steps have been completed and the Grand Opening will be on Thursday 24 May at 10.30 am. Expected guests are Councillors Mark Carter, Tessa Hodgson and Phil Baker plus everyone who has been involved with the project – Community Councillors, donors – including Solva WI, the artists, workmen and the blacksmith. Hope you can make it.


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Edge Festival Countdown!

The EDGE is now less then 100 days away. Once again we welcome returning friends to Solva, new visitors and of
course our local residents. We also have 400 swimmers and their supporters to look after and entertain. The logistics are quite demanding and this is where we need your help! The festival last year was our biggest to date and sixty stout Solva supporters chipped in to perform various tasks like ticket collecting, bar work, litter picking, car park attending and support for our specialist events like the bat walk, river walk and beach safari. We would love to have you join us. You don’t get paid and there are no perks, but if you put in a good shift you will get a free weekend pass – what is there not to like? A register is in Bay View Stores, so if you want to help us, and help our community projects (we have raised over £13,000 pounds to date) please sign up – Be part of the EDGE.
The next Edge fundraiser is VeganAMAZING. A meal with a difference, think vegan is boring? You will
be amazed, Mamgu welsh cakes is hosting, £18 all in for a four course meal including coffee and a
special Mamgu vegan welsh cake. Friday 18 May at 7.30 pm. Bookings essential on 07971 038643.


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Raft Race 2018

Reminder from Solva Regatta Committee: The Raft Race is on Sunday 27 May.
Entries from 15.30 hrs, Construction starts 16.30 hrs, Race starts: 17.30 hrs.


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Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training

There will be two training sessions run by the Welsh Hearts charity on Thursday 24 May at 3 pm and 6 pm in Solva Memorial Hall. You do not have to be trained to use the machines but it helps to know how to access them and use them. If you have been before, please come again as resuscitation techniques are always being updated. The sessions will last about an hour.
There is also an AED at Brynhedydd (last house before Caerfarchell on Middle Mill to Caerfarchell road). It is not on display outside the property, but, if the need arose the house-holders are nearly always around and would be happy to let any member of the community or visitor use it.


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Solva – First World War commemorative plans for 2018

The period from 1914 to 1918, and the immediate aftermath, shaped the Wales we live in now and we need to understand not only why nations went to war but also the lingering impact of that war on our daily lives.
Solva Community Council will help deliver a Commemoration in Solva that enables everyone to participate at a time and in a way that best suits their interests and aspirations.
Remembering significant battles of the First World War, Solva Community Council, in partnership with other local organisations, will coordinate a number of commemoration acts and events during 2018.
The first of these is in May; details of subsequent events will be published each month in the Newsletter:
Thursday 17 May at 7 pm – Talk by Grace Davies “Solva 100 years ago” – sponsored by Solva Heritage Society and to be held in Solva Memorial Hall.


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SOLVA COMMUNITY CINEMA Presents:

Thurs 3 May: Murder on the Orient Express (12A)
Thurs 7 June: Call me by your name TBC (15)
Thurs 5 July: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (15)
Adults: £5.00; Under 18’s: £3.50
Doors open: 7.00 pm / Show: 7.30 pm


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Solva WI

April’s meeting began with a “pot-luck” lunch which was attended by Pembrokeshire Federation of WI’s County Chairman, Jenny Longland who, after lunch, kindly judged the 8 entries for the Jean Platt Trophy. The theme was a baked item which contained herbs and was won by Kathy Davies’ delicious Rosemary Shortbreads with Lemon Icing.
Members will be attending various forthcoming events including the Spring Council Meeting, the NFWI Annual Meeting, the Dewisland Group meeting, the annual Quiz, the Car Treasure Hunt, the “Royal Wedding Tea Party” and “Treet” Day at Scolton. On Thursday 17 May we will be visiting Penrallt Garden Centre to include a walk (if wished) and lunch, departing from Pwll Melyn car park (opposite the church) at 11 am.
Following the Business, Jenny Longland gave us an interesting and humorous talk on being married to an undercover policeman.
The speaker for the next meeting on Thursday 10 May is a great favourite of ours, Sheena Crossley, whose theme this year is ‘Seaside Gardening’. Visitors are welcome.


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Parc-y-Capel 100 Club

Parc-y-Capel 100 Club April Winners
1st Moira Johnson £50.00 number 91
2nd Richard Thomas £30.00 number 82
3rd Mo Bland £20.00 number 71


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Memorial Hall 100+

April Draw results:
1st Prize £50 Mo Bland lucky number 5
2nd Prize £40 Jill Iles lucky number 60
3rd Prize £30 Ian Hollingsworth lucky number 65


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Parc y Capel Fete

Will be held on Bank holiday Monday 28 May from 2 pm.
Teas and cakes will be served in the Hall and there will be stalls of plants, bric a brac, crafts, books, candy floss, Nadia’s “Animal Art” stall and a bottle tombola, amongst others. A raffle will be in operation with fabulous prizes to be won, and sunflower plants will be on sale for the start of the annual Solva sunflower competition – to be judged at the Edge Festival. The Goodwick brass band will be in attendance and there will be
a dog event! All welcome for this annual fund raiser for Parc y Capel.


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Church 100+ club

The last draw for 2017/18 took place at St Aidans on Sunday 1 April.
Congratulations to the lucky winners!
● 1st prize £70 Rebecca Wright No 88
● 2nd prize £40 Helen Phillips No 13
● 3rd prize £25 Sarah Phillips No 91
Many thanks to all who have supported us.
We hope you will continue to support us in 2018/19. Subscriptions for the coming year are due by 26 July. Letters will be sent out in due course. New members welcome.
Contact Christine Daykin on 01437 720609.


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Church Services for May:

Sunday 6th May – Morning Prayer 09.30 in St Aidans.
Sunday 13 May – Holy Eucharist 09.30 in St Aidans.
Sunday 20 May – Morning Prayer 11.30 in Whitchurch.
Sunday 27 May – Holy Eucharist 09.30 in St Aidans.
The annual Church Fete and Dog show will be on Thursday 2 August at 2 pm.
More details to follow next month.


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SMHMC AGM

Solva Memorial Hall Management Committee AGM will be held at Solva Memorial Hall on Tuesday 15 May at 6 pm, with a
general meeting to follow. All welcome to attend.


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Scarecrow Trail 2018

Will be held on Sunday 12 & Monday 13 August.
The theme is Detectives and their Villains. If you would like to enter please contact Chief Scarecrow on
01437 721164.


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St Davids RNLI fundraising events

St Davids RNLI will be holding fundraising events on:
7 May – May Day – held in the Bishops Palace to include a duck race!
8 June – Fish & Chip supper held in St Davids chip shop.
Date TBA – Cheese & Wine evening to be held in Solva.


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Ysgol Solfach / Solva C.P School

The School is delighted to welcome Mr Jacob Jones to the school staff. Mr Jones is our new Foundation Phase teacher.
Solva School County Urdd Eisteddfod successes – We are delighted the school’s Second language Recitation and Dialogue Groups were placed 1st in the County Eisteddfod and will be representing the school in the National Urdd Eisteddfod in Builth Wells in May half term.
Congratulations to Hattie and Skye for participating in the Pembrokeshire School’s Music Valero competition. Both students participated in the brass competitions and performed really well.


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Solva Heritage Society

As part of Solva’s Commemoration of WW1, the Heritage Society held an initial exhibition in St Aidans – 2 to 5 April – which will form the basis of further exhibitions this year. It showed: a timeline of main events, with information on the 10 key battles; a list of Solva residents who served; accounts of local heroes; the dedication
of the War Memorial and opening of the Memorial Hall. Early photographs showed Solva at the time and the ceramic poppy (one of 888,246 created for the 2014 Tower of London installation of “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”) purchased for the village by SCC was on display.
We hope local families will share more stories to help build a recorded history of Solva, to honour those who went before and to inspire future generations. The next commemorative event:
“Solva 100 Years ago” is sponsored by SHS. See front page for details.


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St Davids and Solva Art Group Spring Exhibition

The St Davids and Solva Art Group’s Easter Exhibition will open on Friday 4 May at Oriel y Parc, St Davids. This vibrant group of about 25 local artists exhibits their original paintings and sketches biennially in St Davids, taking inspiration from the coastal scenery and amazing light. Paintings may be purchased by cash or card and are priced to suit all pockets. The exhibition opens on Friday 4 May at lunchtime and thereafter will be open daily from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm until Saturday 12 May when it closes at 3 pm.
Entry to the exhibition is free and we look forward to seeing you there.
The group aims to distribute any profits from this exhibition to local good causes – clubs, societies and charities. If you are involved in one of these and would like to apply, please contact Maggie Humble for consideration. Email: davidandmaggieh@talktalk.net.


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The Great Solva Mosaic Steps Project

We hear that it has not been so “Great” for some of you unable to use the steps because of the barriers. Unfortunately bad weather and Easter delayed completion of the repair, and installation of the new railings, which meant the steps were out of action for longer than anticipated. Apologies for the inconvenience. We are on the last lap now and Penny Dafforn and Maddie Janes will be installing the mosaics soon for all to enjoy. Look out for the date of the launch on the Memorial Hall notice board. All welcome. Please contact Penny 720901 or Sue 07817 410782.


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Solva Community Council

Solva Community Council will meet on Wednesday 2 May at 7 pm in Solva Memorial Hall. Agenda items:
● Community Action Plan 2017
● Community Social Enterprise
● SCC AGM
● Village clean-up 2018
● Defibrillator & First Aid Training
● Play & Skate Parks
● First World War commemorative plans
● Finance report
● Planning applications
● General Data Protection Regulation
● SCC – National pop-in sessions across Wales
● Local concerns
Members of the local community are welcome. Please call Bruce Payne 07890 987259 if you wish to attend.
Solva Community Council’s Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 16 May 2018 at 7 pm in the Memorial Hall.


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