Winners at Eisteddfod yr Urdd Caerdydd a’r fro 2019

Winner – Gold Medal – Individual Recitation Yrs 7 – 9
Rhydian Rees-Harries

Winners – Gold Medal – Ymgom (Dialogue) Yrs 6 and under
Llyr Rees-Harries
Llinos Perkins
Megan Gibbins
Megan Thornton


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Edge Festival – 2,3,4 August 2019

We are now in the run up to the Fifth Edge Festival. The bands have been booked, as have the writers and workshop providers. It will be the biggest festival to date on 2,3,4 August. Tickets are going well and more food outlets have asked to have an opportunity to feed our festival goers with everything from beefy burgers to
vegan delights with wood fired pizza in between.
Our star act has been nominated for the best Tribute act in the UK and for the first time the bands will perform in front of a 5m wide video screen.
The community makes this festival, no-one reaps any personal benefit, all the profits go into deserving projects and towards supporting the ambitions of our young people. We thank all our personal and commercial sponsors, if you want to make a donation let us know. If you want to volunteer for any of the numerous tasks which range from collecting car park money to guarding the gate, again, please let us know: phone Ifor on 079710 38643. There is no payment for working as a volunteer at the festival but the rewards are immense!


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Summer Dinner Dance

Saturday 13 July – Memorial Hall
Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes – Dinner & Dance for the Provincial Grand Primo’s appeal in aid of Solva Care. A three course dinner with wine, singer, bar and raffle, starting 7.30 for 8pm.
Tickets £25 pp from P.G.P Ken Trice on 01437 729191.

In addition, a coastal path walk, from Porth Gain to Solva (approx 20 miles) will take place on Saturday 22 June (weather permitting), with Arnold Boorman and friends. If you would like to sponsor the group (or join them), phone Arnold on 01437 729346. All funds
raised in aid of Solva Care.


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Solva Regatta 2019

Solva August Regatta – Sunday 11 August, entries: 11am, racing starts: 1pm.
The committee have worked hard over the winter months to produce a new programme for the Solva Regatta that offers something for everyone. They have combined the very beat and most popular offerings from both the Children’s and Adult’s regattas, whilst adding in some new quay-side and water-based activities. It is now a “Community Regatta”. Please come along on Sunday 11 August, to Trinity Quay, Solva and enter or watch the new and exciting Solva Regatta.


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Mosaic group

The outside of the Hall has been transformed by beautiful mosaic panels and a lick of paint in toning colours. Thanks to all who have made this fantastic transformation possible – with mosaics under the inspirational
teaching of Maddie and Penny. Now the trough has been planted with flowers we will soon hold a celebration to mark this latest achievement by our growing number of local mosaic artists. Look out for that date. Due to popular demand mosaic classes are to become a regular fixture in the calendar of Solva. All welcome to put forward ideas for the next project by contacting Sue: 07817 410782 or Penny: 01437 720901.


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SOLVA COMMUNITY CINEMA

Presents:
Thu 6 June: Mission Impossible – Fallout (12)
Thu 4 July: Mary Queen of Scots (15)
Thu 1 Aug: Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)
Thu 5 Sep: Crazy Rich Asians (12)
Adults: £5.00; Under 18’s: £3.50
Doors open: 7pm / Show: 7:30pm


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Scarecrow Trail 2019

Sunday 11 and Monday 12 August.
The theme this year is: Musicals (Stage or screen). Sign up for your Musicals related Scarecrows. First come, first served as far as choice of character/theme is concerned.
Contact Fran at 07377 059265 (text or message) or email fran34hb@gmail.com


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Solva WI

The May meeting was held in the Hall on Thursday 9 May. The business included ideas from members on how best to use a very generous bequest from the estate of Mrs Marilyn Davies to the best advantage of all members of Solva WI. An early Summer outing to Penrallt Garden Centre was arranged for Wednesday 15 May and a visit to the Wildlife Centre, near Cardigan, was suggested for Wednesday 3 July. Voting took place for the resolution to be discussed at the NFWI AGM in June. The majority was in favour of “Don’t Fear the Smear”, with a unanimous vote in favour of “A call against the decline in local bus services”. Our link delegate will be informed. The speaker was the ever informative and amusing Sheena Crossley, who brought a bag full of interesting herb samples for members to look at, smell and take home for cuttings to grow. The vote of thanks was given by Jilly Missen. Mary Haughton will organise a competition for the September meeting for the Jean Platt Trophy. Book Club & the weekly walk will take place as usual.
The May Flower of the month competition was won by Margaret Robinson and will be held again in September & October. There were various reminders about forthcoming events and we will be entering the Scarecrow Competition in August.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday 13 June at 2pm in the Hall after which we will leave to visit St Davids Lifeboat Station.


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Church in Wales Services

For June are as follows:
Sunday 2 June Holy Eucharist @ St Aidans Solva 9.90
Sunday 9 June Morning Worship @St Aidans Solva 9.30
Sunday 16 June Holy Eucharist @ St Davids Whitchurch 9.30
Sunday 23 June Holy Eucharist @ Solva 11.30
Sunday 30 June Joint LMA Service @ St Lawrence Church 11.00
A full list of LMA services can be found on the GDLMA web page.
Church Fete & Fun Dog show – 1 August, 2pm at Parc y Capel


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St Davids Play group

New day and time: Wed 12.30-2.30pm. Bring your little ones to play – crafts – tea and socialise at St Davids
Scout Hut. £1 per session. Term time only. Newborns-4 yrs. Gayle 07870 289530 or Lucinda 07969
669989.


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Advent Windows

Many thanks to all who attended the presentation on 9 May to learn more about our proposal to light up the village during Advent this year. Please keep thinking of ideas and spread the word. There is no limit to the number of windows; it is not a competition and not a fund-raiser. It’s just for fun and to brighten the winter evenings. Also ideas for a title would be welcome… e.g. Shining Solva, Sparkling Solva or something much better!


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Solva Community Council

SCC will meet on Wednesday 5 June at 6.30pm in the Memorial Hall. Items on the agenda:
▪ Dog Fouling – Enforcement officers debate
▪ Action Plan to reduce Solva’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030
▪ PCC Community Development Project (Transfer of Non-Statutory Services)
▪ Solva Community Land Trust
▪ Solva Community Tourism Initiative
▪ Community Crime Watch Scheme
▪ Memorial Benches – Motion to use PCNPA benches in car park
▪ Solva Logo competition
▪ Play & Skate Parks
▪ AFC project
▪ Solva Path Project
▪ Finance report
▪ Planning applications
▪ Local concerns
Members of the local community who wish to attend. Please inform SCC Clerk Bruce Payne on 07890 987259.


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Community Awards

This year saw the inauguration of the Solva Community awards, a chance for our village to recognise those who have given their time willingly and freely to enhance the quality of life in Solva:-
Outstanding Community Volunteer: Brenda Lloyd, Carol Ann Jones, Rebecca Wright and Jimmy Young.
Outstanding Youth Champion: Jane Wilde.
Outstanding Community Fundraiser: Lindsey Richards.
Outstanding Contribution to Solva Life: Mollie Roach.


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Climate Change Emergency

We believe that Solva Community Council is the first community/town council in Pembrokeshire to declare a #ClimateEmergency – following Welsh Government and Westminster’s declarations. We must act now and we will:
• Pledge to do what is within our powers to make Solva carbon neutral by 2030;
• Call on Welsh Government to provide the powers and resources necessary for Solva to achieve target;
• Address how individuals, families, organisations and businesses understand local and global challenges;
• Develop a community-led Action Plan to reduce Solva’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030;
• Report within six months with that Action Plan, outlining the leadership role Solva Community Council will take
to achieve this Carbon Neutral Commitment;
• Ask PCC and the Welsh government for help to bring this plan to fruition;
• Investigate all possible sources of external funding and match funding to support this commitment.


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Solva Precept Pressure

Once again the primary focus for last year was the devolution of non-statutory services as a result of the continuing budget restrictions within Pembrokeshire County Council. Solva Community Council is already paying PCC for delivery of Youth Services at an annual cost of £3,155 – otherwise this service would have been lost!


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Solva Community Council AGM

This year the AGM placed a distinct emphasis on children’s involvement. The first half of the session was given over to a consultation where local children were given the opportunity to voice their opinions on the proposals for both the upper and lower play parks. The main part of the AGM was given over to hearing reports on the community council’s various activities over the year, summarised by Chair, Josh Phillips. We also had a presentation from the Head of Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi who emphasised the importance of Solva school as part of the educational delivery for the north Pembrokeshire peninsula. School Numbers were projected to increase but some voluntary redundancies would be unavoidable because of tight budgets. Mark Carter, our County Councillor, undertook to chase up progress on the projected development of the football field. Ifor Thomas outlined the benefits of carrying out the project as a Community Land Trust, which would mean the community would own the housing in perpetuity and also gain income.
The meeting was enthusiastic in supporting this initiative. A long meeting concluded with light refreshments ably provided by Wendy Wright.


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St Davids Church Whitchurch

Last year the Community Council clarified its maintenance responsibility for the old graveyard with the Church of Wales. Deeds were reviewed and they confirmed the ancient burial ground was transferred by the Welsh Church Commissioners to the Parish Council of Whitchurch (Solva) on 12 December 1927.
The community council has now allocated an annual budget of £500 for urgent work in the old graveyard – this will be overseen by a community council sub-committee headed by Joe Griffin.


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Solva Heritage Society

Our collection of Solva, Past and Present is growing. Thank you to those who have already offered sight of their collections for scanning. We apologise for the delay in accepting your invitations. Your support is greatly appreciated and we will be as quick as we can. We are working to produce a “picture-show” evening in July. If you can help to build our record of Solva 2019 – 20, please send your photos to solvaheritage62@gmail.com.


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Shalom House

A HUGE thank you to Mayor Mike C hant and the virtuoso artists who performed at the Mayor’s Concert in St Davids Cathedral on the evening of 26 April. Thank you also to the Dean and staff at the Cathedral for their support, including all the stewards on the night – in total they raised £1429.59
for Shalom House. It was a real treat to hear such talented local songwriters and musicians perform in the Cathedral. Shalom House also hosted an afternoon tea and silent auction at Twr Y Felin Hotel on Sunday 19 May, with special guest author Professor Mererid Hopwood. Prizes for the Silent Auction were kindly donated by The Retreats Group, Mererid Hopwood and Reinvention Hair and the total event raised a fantastic £1,498 in aid of Shalom House. Plans are now being made for the launch of Shalom House’s 2019 Coastal Path Challenge. More details a vailable on Shalom House’s facebook page soon. Also in July we plan to r un a Shalom Treasure Hunt in St Davids for children
and families. More det ails soon. If any businesses are interested in being involved in or supporting the Treasure Hunt please contact info@shalomstdavids.org.uk


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Bin Bags

As of 1 June 2019 when visiting the Waste & Recycling Centres (WRC) all bagged materials will be opened and checked to show they do not contain any recycling items. Only non-recyclable items will be allowed in the general waste skip.
Did you know that over 40% of waste thrown in the general waste container at our WRC could have been either recycled or reused? Pembrokeshire Council needs to increase the amount that we recycle to meet Welsh Government targets. If we miss these targets, we will be fined.
We currently recycle 60% of our waste, but we need to recycle 64% by next year and 70% by 2024/25. Further information: 01437 764551 / www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/wastechanges


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