Appeal for dog walkers to keep pets under control during lambing season

The lambing season is now upon us and with many public paths crossing fields of sheep, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority is offering dog walkers some general advice and best practice to follow when they are out walking with their pets.

While walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail and other public rights of way, please make sure:

              Your dog is kept on a short lead and under close control when sheep are present.

              You clean up after your pet as dog mess can spread diseases to farm animals. Please bag it and bin it wherever you are, using any public waste bin.

National Park Authority Public Rights Of Way Officer, Meurig Nicholas said:

If your dog is out of your sight or left out of control, it may chase after, attack or worry sheep. Worried and stressed pregnant sheep can miscarry or abort their lambs, which is also very distressing for farmers.

New born lambs are also very vulnerable at this time, and can get very distressed and die if they are separated from their mothers or abandoned after being chased by dogs.

The Pembrokeshire Coast and countryside boasts miles of spectacular scenery, and we all want to get out there and enjoy it, including our four-legged friends.

While the countryside can provide the environment to give your dog the exercise they need, we also need to be sure that they are kept under control and safe, particularly around livestock and especially sheep at this time of year.

For more information, including the National Park Authority’s Dog Walking Code of Conduct, visit and click on Walking Your Dog.

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Solva W1 change of dates

The Lent Coffee morning venues have been changed round to:

Wednesday 15 March – Lent Coffee morning at St Aidans Church from 10.30 am – 12 noon.

Wednesday 29 March – Lent Coffee morning at St Teilo, High Street from 10.30 am – 12 noon


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Solva Surgery

Solva Surgery says farewell to Lucy Harries
Lucy Harries has been our practice nurse for 27 yrs. First appointed by Dr. Gillam, Lucy then formed the team with Jane and Alison at Maes yr Eglwys Solva Surgery. An excellent family Nurse and an experienced practice sister, Lucy looks holistically at every aspect of patient care. Her great interest in Asthma management led to a Diploma in Asthma care and she has made a tremendous impact on patients living with Asthma and COPD, supporting the management of their condition and thus improving quality of life.
Lucy played a vital role in the management for minor surgery, taking complete care from consent, to the final biopsy results and further management. She is always ready to help with telephone triaging, or with answering any questions or concerns.
Lucy is a caring, compassionate professional nurse, who is considerate and supportive to patients, colleagues, doctors and staff alike. Without a doubt, she will be greatly missed.

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Solva Sunshines Playgroup

Solva Sunshines Playgroup Recommences 7 March 9.30 am – 12 noon – Solva Memorial Hall.
Ruby Pulley is the new leader of the group and she commented “As I enjoy working with children I was excited when I heard of the opportunity to manage a playgroup in Solva.
This is a new experience for me and so I’ll be learning as I go on how I can improve and make the playgroup reach the children’s, parents’ and/or carers expectations. It will be an inexpensive entry with refreshments available. The playgroup will provide toys and activities for everyone to enjoy and I hope to work along side of everyone that takes part. By doing so, I believe we can all fully enjoy our stay at the playgroup and create a warm, friendly environment”. To all Mother with Toddlers wishing to join please come along on Tuesday 7 March.

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Solva Sailing Club – Winter Talk

Solva Sailing Club – Winter Talk with British yachtswoman Dee Caffari MBE
Thursday 16 March 7.30 at Solva Memorial Hall.
SSC was recently chosen by a panel of judges as first prizewinner of the
inaugural Sunsail Award, and they are very pleased tha t part of the prize is
a visit from Dee Caffari MBE. British yachtswoman Dee is the first woman
to have sailed sing le-handed and non-stop around the world in both
directions and the only woman to have sailed non-stop around the world
three times. In 2006 she became the first woman to sail solo, non-stop, around the world against the prevailing winds and currents and was awarded an MBE in recognition of her achievement.
Dee has earned a reputation as an inspirational and motivational speaker. Her talks have been described as engaging, down to earth and warm-hea rted. What a fabulous opportunity to listen to her speak of her experiences and ask questions. The evening will involve a short film about her achievements, her talk, and a question and answer session. Sunsail will be providing refreshments.
The event will have a wide-ra nging appeal to everyone, as Dee is widely praised for linking her experiences to all areas of life. Entry is free, but please reserve a place by emailing helenghughes or b ooking at Window On Wales. More information on Dee can be found at

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“Evening of Entertainment”

An “Evening of Entertainment” on Saturday 18 March in Solva Hall at 7.30 pm
Presenting: “All in the Mind” (SADS entry in the 2017 1-Act Play Festival), Singing for Fun, Pete and Dave, and the Pembrokeshire Ukulele Pirates. Tickets £5, bring your own drinks. Tickets from Bay View Stores and from Fran Barker 01437 721164 or email Proceeds to SADS and Solva Care.

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Thu 2 Mar: I Daniel Blake (15) Drama
Thu 6 Apr: Bridget Jones’s Baby (15) Romance/Comedy
Thu 4 May: A United Kingdom (12A) Romance/Drama TBC
Cinema Tickets: Adults: £5.00; Under 18’s: £3.50
Doors open: 7.00 pm / Show: 7.30 pm

Solva Community Cinema AGM

Memorial Hall on Thursday 25 May at 6.30 pm
All welcome!
News: The wall has been repainted and we are in the process of ordering a new
sound system.

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February’s business meeting had a slightly longer format than usual – a pattern that looks likely to be the norm for the foreseeable future while we cross the t’s and dot the i’s etc. for our celebration plans in the summer.
However, after our teas/coffees, we were treated to a wonderful demonstration of how to create a painting.
Sandra Phillips, our visiting artist, started with a blank canvas and proceeded to bring it to life, magically, with clever use of colour mixing, imagination and talented expertise. “It just looked so easy,” seemed to be the opinion of the enthralled members.
Our next meeting on Thursday, March 9th will feature a talk on ‘Birds and Wildlife of Costa Rica’.
As always new members are welcome.

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Parc y Capel AGM

Parc y Capel AGM will be held on Monday 6
March commencing at 6.30 pm. The meeting will be held upstairs at the Memorial Hall.
All welcome.
(Following the AGM there will be a short committee meeting)

The Parc y Capel annual fete will be on Monday 29 May commencing at 2 pm.
It will be held at Parc y Capel unless wet, in which case it will be held in the Memorial Hall. The Goodwick Brass Band will be playing for our enjoyment during the fete.

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Parc y Capel 100 Club

February draw results:
1st Prize £50: No 59 Steve Probert
2nd Prize £30: No 31 Julia Hurst-Hughes
3rd Prize £20: No 67 Jono Voyce
The next draw will be in April.
Thanks again for all your support.
Enquiries to Pat Rees 01437 720849

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Church Dates

Fri 3 March: Women’s World
Day of Prayer St Aidans Church 2.00 pm
Wed 15 March: Lent Coffee
Morning in aid of charity at St Teilo, High Street, courtesy of Mary Walker
10.30 – 12.00
Wed 29 March: Lent Coffee Morning at St Aidans Church, Solva 10.30 – 12.00
9.30 am Sunday Service St Aidans Church
11.15 am Sunday Service – 1st Sunday each month St Davids Church, Whitchurch
Thur 13 April: Maundy Thursday Service
St Aidans Church 7.00 pm
Fri 14 April: Good Friday, Stations of the Cross
Service at St Davids, Whitchurch, 11.00 am
Sun 16 April: Easter Day Service St Aidans, Solva 9.30 am
Easter Day Service: St Davids, Whitchurch 11.15 am

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Cllr Lyn Jenkins

Cllr Lyn Jenkins will be at the Memorial Hall coffee morning on Thursday 23 March, for any issues to raise / discuss with her.

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Dog Fouling

Dog Fouling – recent incidents of dog fouling around the village and surrounding
footpaths are causing concern. PCC is eager to receive any complaint in relation
to dog fouling and will investigate such complaints fully. All complaints are dealt with in total confidence and your details will not be revealed to anyone. Contact PCC on 01437 764551.

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Tickets are on sale NOW!
From Bay View Stores, No. 35, Royal George, The Ship, Harbour Inn and
Window on Wales.

Please support this major fund-raiser for Solva 2 Memorial Hall.

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Ysgol Solfach

Ysgol Solfach (Selected highlights from the School Newsletter)
On 4th April the girls football team will be competing in the second round
after their fantastic win on 30th September. The girls will be playing at
Camrose football club. The team is Hattie D, Skye, Daisy-Anne, Hannah,
Rhiannon, Nia, Matilda Libby, Ffion and the captain Hattie R. Hopefully
Solva will win and the next round will be in Cardiff. Also Thank you to Mr
Williams our PE teacher for giving up his time to practise football. Hefyd diolch yn fawr iawn i Mr Williams, yr athro PE, s’yn helpu’r marched ymarfer-pel droed. By Ffion and Hannah.

Thank You Mrs Daykin – for helping everyone with their reading. We enjoy reading with you, every minute and every second. We have learnt many new words. We enjoy reading new books. My favourite book is: “The Wreck of the Zanzibar because it has an interesting start with Billy desperate to row a gig and I love it,” commented Lilu . “I really liked The Flying Armchair
because its was funny and it made me laugh loads,” stated Ethan. By Ethan and Lilu.

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Solva Youth Club Report October – December 2016

First of all, a big thank you for all your support again this year; it is much appreciated by the young people and staff at Solva Youth Club. It is a good facility to have for the young people, where we can utilise the park, field, and the kitchen.
The last few months have been busy with numbers ranging from 15 to 25 each week. We have had a few new members, and some of the older teenagers have taken on the role of volunteers as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. They are helping staff each week to set up equipment, run activities and clear up at the end of the night.
A wide variety of activities took place during the autumn term, including:
● Sporting activities – football, cricket, rounders, table tennis, dodgeball, team challenges
● National Curry Week – the young people cooked some lovely curries
● Fundraising for Children in Need – we donated the funds to Solva School
● Halloween themed night with games, challenges and spooky activities
● Movie night with popcorn and Christmas bingo with prizes.
We are currently consulting with the young people regarding the activities and projects they would
like to participate in during 2017. These activities will be incorporated into Solva Youth Club’s Curriculum Development Plan, which aims to provide young people with a wide range of diverse opportunities based on key themes. We plan to give young people a holistic experience, which they can enjoy through challenge, and learning, which will assist them to make progress in their
personal and social development. Our key themes for 2017 include:
Developing Life Skills (e.g. food & diet, citizenship), Having a Say (e.g. youth council, decision making), Financial Literacy (e.g. budgeting, fundraising), Young People’s Participation in the Community (we would welcome suggestions), Emotional Health & Wellbeing (e.g. building confidence, self esteem), Celebrating Welsh culture and developing Welsh language skills
Sport, Leisure and Recreation, Global Citizenship (e.g. multicultural activities, equality, environmental factors) and Learning to manage risk (e.g. personal safety, responsible use of social media).

Thank you again for your continued support.

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You don’t have to get wet!
We are now recruiting Volunteers to steward the gallery and assist in the shop at our New St Davids Lifeboat Station. Whatever your age, skills or availability we would love to hear from you!
Julie Sanby on 07795306994 or
Or apply online at

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Solva Community Council – Be a Community Councillor in 2017
Wednesday 22 March 2017 6:00 pm to 8.00 pm in Solva Memorial Hall
Solva Community Council is hosting a drop-in event offering an opportunity for
current members to talk to local residents about the work of the council and the benefits of being a community councillor. If you would like to find out more and are thinking of putting your name forward to become a community councillor at the Local Elections on 4 May, please pop-in on 22 March and meet us. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served. Please visit the SCC website at for information on the Local Government Elections.

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Solva Regatta Dates for 2017

Solva Regatta Dates for 2017:
Raft Race – Sunday 6th August, HT = 18.48 hrs
Entries from 15.30 hrs
Construction Start 1630 hrs
Race Start 17.30 hrs
Children’s Regatta – Thursday 17th August, HT = 14.57 hrs
Entries from 11.00 hrs
Start 12.30 hrs
Inshore Regatta – Sunday 20th August, HT = 18.21 hrs
Entries from 14.00 hrs
Start 15.00 hrs – May start 15.30 depending on water level.
Sailing Regatta TBA

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The parish of Whitchurch and Solva is proposing to set up a 100 club to assist with ongoing maintenance of St Davids and St Aidans churches.
If you are willing to support this effort please contact Christine Daykin
(721609) for more details. The cost would be £10 per year.
Your help would be much appreciated.

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