Solva Regattas

Following the success of holding the Raft Race in May, the committee was lucky with the weather for the Children’s and Inshore Regattas. As always Mike Williams’ witty commentary kept the audience amused, while Pat Rees and Pru Johnson added a touch of glamour to the prize giving (they were the only ones not wet or exhausted – that was entrants and the committee). We hope all that attended had a great day and the committee is incredibly grateful for the donations, support and goodwill from locals and visitors.
It was hoped holding two events rather than three in the busy month of August might help the number of entries for the regattas, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Some races had to be cancelled in the children’s regatta or combined due to lack of entries, boats or kayaks.
While maintaining the village tradition of the Regattas is recognised as important (with a 130 year history), it’s clear that the format may need to evolve in order to remain successful. One possibility might be for the committee to consider combining the two events into one day but as yet we are uncertain; some events would have to be left out. We definitely think more events involving parent and child would be preferable.
We really would love to know your opinion about this. Which events were enjoyable? Would a pre-regatta practice have encouraged you or your children to enter? At what point did your attention wander? What would keep you and your family entertained all day on the quay? How important is it to keep “proper” skills balanced with “novelty” events? What can we learn from other events around the county? Please let us know – email Chairman Steve Probert steve@solva.co.uk, comment on the facebook page or talk to a committee member. We are Steve Probert, Rachel Jones, Mike and Penny Williams, David Perry, Josie Lloyd, Penny Lewis, Iain Robestson Steel, Jane Wilde, Sarah Edwards, Sarah Phillips and Bella Prickett. We really value the opinion of the village.
Change can be exciting, but we must be cautious not to break tradition.


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Solva Surgery – A New Face

Solva Surgery welcomes a new Locum GP to work alongside our Senior GP, Dr Sujan Dhaduvai.
His name is Dr Shanker Sivaprakasam (Dr Siva) and he started with us at the beginning of September. He has been a GP in the Pembrokeshire area for many years and is a very experienced family doctor.


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St Davids & Solva Surgeries – Flu Vaccinations 2018

All GP Practices in the UK are receiving two types of flu vaccine this year – which type of flu vaccination you are given will depend on your age.
We are expecting staggered deliveries of each type of vaccine from September until November. This means that you may be offered your flu jab slightly later or earlier than usual – but please be assured that patients will be vaccinated before flu starts to circulate, typically in mid-December. We will open up age-specific Flu Clinics as and when we receive deliveries of the appropriate vaccinations. Receptionists will ask your date of birth when you book your flu vaccination appointment, to ensure we have the correct flu vaccine in stock for you.
Please check the Practice websites and the Waiting Room notice boards over the next few weeks for details of Flu Clinics and more information on flu vaccination. Thank you for your co-operation.


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Solva Surgery Missed Appointments

Due to an increase in the number of wasted appointments through patient’s failing to attend without informing the surgery, it has become necessary to implement the following policy:
IF YOU REPEATEDLY FAIL TO ATTEND FOR APPOINTMENTS YOU MAY BE
REMOVED FROM THE PRACTICE LIST AND HAVE TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE GP PRACTICE.
In August a total of 24 Nurse appointments were missed and 16 GP appointments.
If you cannot attend your appointments for any reason please let us know as soon as possible, we can then offer the appointment to someone else. Thank you.


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Solva Community Council

Harbour path land slides
Bruce Payne, SCC clerk, convened a site meeting of interested parties to discuss the landslips that occurred over the winter and spring and temporarily blocked the path between the Lower Solva car park and the Sand Quay. The path is on National Trust land but is managed by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks, who manage most of the Pembrokeshire footpaths. The PCC engineer informed us that the cause of the landslips was water discharging down the slope. The water came from a drain that runs under the main road at the point where the quay road joins the A487. A drain diversion has taken place and it now discharges over the masonry section of the slope. The path will be tidied up by PCNP later in the year. Pembrokeshire County Council will address the subsidence in the quay road in the winter, it will mean closure of the road for a short period but plenty of notice will be given.
Tree Thinning Around the Memorial Cross
The proposal to thin trees to allow a view of the sea from the Memorial Cross has attracted many considered views from Solva citizens. The consensus is to support the proposal but all correspondents have made the point that is important to maintain the rookery. It must be stressed that no wholesale felling of trees has been suggested, only
careful thinning and management. The next step is to produce a detailed plan which will be shared with everyone before a formal application is made to PCNP. It has been encouraging to see so many people giving the matter some thought and expressing their views to the SCC.
Wheelchair and buggy path
The committee, comprising representatives of Solva Care and the SCC, met to walk the possible routes that would allow easy access from the top of the village to Lower Solva, away from the busy road. The proposal to create a mobility and exercise route for all ages has gained a great deal of support within the community and fits with the Hywel Dda Health Board’s stated well-being objectives. A number of routes are being looked at – each posing its own particular challenges.
Barry Cook, the PCC states officer was informed of the project when he attended the SCC meeting on
11 July. When the committee has whittled down the possible routes the proposals will be shared for
you to comment.


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Solva Community Council

Solva Community Council will meet on Tuesday 7 November at 7:30 pm in Solva Memorial Hall.
Items on the agenda:
● Solva School
● Sustainability of the Skate Park
● Solva Christmas lights and Fair
● Senior Citizens Xmas Lunch
● AFC Refurbishment & Regeneration Project
● First World War commemorative plans
● Planning applications
● Finance report
● Dog Fouling
Members of the local community are welcome. Please let the Clerk (Bruce Payne 07890 987259) know if you
wish to attend.


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Flu Clinics +

Solva Surgery
A flu clinic will be held on on Saturday 14 October at Solva Surgery. This clinic is purely for a flu jab, the dispensary will be closed. Please book an appointment on 01437 721306.
St Davids Surgery
On Wednesday 11 October St Davids Surgery will host a coffee morning with their bookable flu clinic. The event will be in aid of Shalom House and held between 9 – 11 am. Please ring 01437 720303 to book your flu jab.


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