The Bug Farm

Time to get festive!
Mulled wine and a fabulous range of stalls selling the best of Pembrokeshire’s Art, Crafts and home made produce await. Saturday 14 Dec 10:30am – 4:30pm
£1.50 entry (includes entry to the Bug Farm).


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Beacon Community Group – “Friends & Food”

Coffee mornings at St Davids Sea Scout Hut.
Tea, coffee and refreshments are available from 11am – 2pm every Thursday (during the Winter) and Mondays and Thursdays (during the Summer). Funding provided by supporters and donations will be used to provide all refreshments free of charge. The group uses the space to increase community well being, and to support families. Breakfast and lunch foods and bakery goods will be available to take away, also free. If you can offer your time, expertise, resources or ideas, contact Dr Louise Tarbuck on 01437 729321 or Geraint Michael on 07974 799087.


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Oriel y Parc Christmas Market

Saturday 7 December, 10am-4pm
A celebration of Christmas with local foods, crafts and music, plus festive foods in the café.
FREE entry. Father Christmas visit £2.50 per child.


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Solva Christmas Shopping – Wednesday 4 December

Save the date! Solva Shopping Evening will be open until 7.30pm. Businesses in Lower Solva will be offering mulled wine and special offers, plus more Christmas happenings a-going on! For more information or to get involved email Bella bellap@tiscali.co.uk


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Porthmawr SLS Club success

Porthmawr Surf Life Saving Club played host to the GB Surf Life Saving
Championships at Whitesands over the weekend of 7-8 September. With clubs from all over England and Wales taking part, the standard of competition was high.
Enjoying some late summer sun and home advantage, the small team from Porthmawr punched above their weight, winning two national titles through Finn Iles in the 2km Beach Run and Sam Ellison in the Beach Flags event. Congratulations to all involved and to Porthmawr SLS club who hosted a great event to finish a highly successful year.


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Solva Surgery Wins The Western Telegraph Health & Care Award

The event was held at the Pavilion on Withybush Showground on Thursday 10 October. Solva Surgery was one of the finalists and went on to win GP Practice of the Year!
The Team at the surgery are very grateful to everyone that voted for them.
Congratulations also to St Davids surgery who reached the final three nominations in the “Outstanding Achievement Award” category.
Solva surgery’s next Flu clinic is on Saturday 9 November, there are still have a few slots left, please contact the surgery on 01437 721306 to make an appointment.


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Solva AFC – Darts Night Fund raiser!

Saturday 16 November at the Football Club.
£10 entry includes a curry! First match 7pm £££ cash First Prize. All funds raised for Solva AFC refurbishment project. Please registered your entry with Josh Phillips, Harbour Inn by 10 Nov.


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CPD Solfach / Solva AFC

The club would like to thank Jono & Sandy Voyce, of Solva Seafoods, for sponsoring the new kit for
Solva Under 13s.


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Shalom House – “Breaking News”

Shalom House Palliative Care Unit is delighted to announce the opening of another shop – in St Davids.
“Shalom @ no 13” will have its grand opening on Saturday 30 November at 13 New Street, St Davids (the old post office). We will be selling occasion wear and vintage clothing for parties, weddings and special occasions – including hats, shoes, jewellery and handbags to complete the outfit!
We are actively looking for volunteers to help us in the shop – can you spare us a few hours a week?
Mornings: 10am -1pm & afternoons: 1pm-4pm. Please call for an application form on 01437 721344.
We would also be happy to receive stock for our shop! Is it time to de-clutter your wardrobe in time for the festive season? Party dresses and smart wear – as well as jewellery, hat, shoes – please think about “Shalom @ no 13” as the right destination for your castoffs. We will also be selling our Charity Christmas Cards and branded items – shopping bags, aprons and t-towels. “Shalom @ no 13” is also the destination for all your Christmas present shopping. Please support this wonderful local charity! Late news: We need a chevalier mirror for the shop opening in St Davids! Contact number above.


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A Folk Musical entitled “Abereiddy”

Solva Memorial Hall, Saturday 9 November.
Curtain up: 7.30pm. Abereiddy has a unique story which will be told through original songs, two narrators and performed by local folk bands Broadoak and Fishguard Folk Singers. Tickets £10 – available from Bay View Stores / or phone 07934 418186. There is more information about the show at www.broadoakfolk.com/abereiddy.


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Hatha Akhanda Yoga

Catrin will be teaching yoga every Tuesday night from 6-7.30 from 5 Nov through to 17 Dec.
£10 per class if paying for a block of 7 classes and £12 for a drop-in class.


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Solva Care

News:
We had a very enjoyable cinema outing to see “The King & I”on Thursday 10 October. There will be another trip to Theatr Gwaun on Thursday 7 November, after the coffee morning, to see Gene Kelly in “An American in Paris”. Please contact Lena (details above) for info and to book a place.
● Look out for events in connection with Thursday coffee mornings: on 14 November, AGE UK will visit and in early
December there will be a talk about scams etc.
● We are planning a film project about Solva “The importance of Place” If anyone is interested in getting involved,
contact Lena.
● There are Art sessions at the VC Gallery in Haverfordwest every Wednesday between 12.30am and 2.30pm (£2/head),
If anyone is interested in going, please contact Sandra on 01437 721450.
Friday Club
In September Ceri once again provided craft activities – this time card making that everyone could treasure and take home. Brenda’s creative drama generated fun and laughter with a session using different dressing up hats.
October started with a rousing Solva Ukulele Pirates session and Brenda’s Line dancing. This was followed by Helen’s gentle movement, lulling everyone into a relaxed and soporific state. Reminiscing with Carol Ann provoked the sharing of objects, stimulating interest, memory recall and conviviality and this, once again was followed by further developmental movement with Helen, who also provided a fun and enjoyable music quiz. We also enjoyed Rosita’s sing-a-long and a trip to Vincent Davies Christmas store and café on the Bus y Bobl, in late October.
November will comprise: Tony’s Country and Western on 1st Nov; Fun Quiz with Ifor and Gill on Friday 8 Nov; Solva Ukulele Pirates on Friday 15 Nov (in the Football Club – please note); Nadia’s craft making for Advent windows on Friday 22 Nov; plus Cathedral Bells on Friday 29 Nov. With the exception of Country Western, all are followed by Helen’s Gentle movement.
Please note: It is possible to get this newsletter delivered as an A4 version, just contact Solva News on
01437 720111 or email newyddionsolfach@gmail.com.


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Trecadwgan Farm Update

Many thanks to all who turned out for the walk to Trecadwgan Farm on Saturday 12 October. Everyone had a good look around the Farm and listened to short talks by Gerald Miles and Mollie Roach on the plans for the Farm to support the well-being of our community and others on the St Davids Peninsula.
Everyone expressed enthusiasm for the Project and useful ideas were put forward. Bids for the Farm have to be submitted to the agents by Friday 1 November and the Campaign Group is busy trying to secure a loan from the Bank and from people happy to provide seed loan funding.
Contact: Gareth Chapman: 07900 411952 Rupert Dunn: 07955 387614 www.savetrecadwganfarm.org This month, organic farmer and campaigner Gerald Miles drove the lovely MF165 tractor to London. An epic and enjoyable adventure, Gerald was protesting directly against the sale of Council Farms like Trecadwgan Farm, Solva. A sale such as this by PCC denies a young generation of farmers the opportunity to take the first step on the farming ladder and would end the farm’s life as a working, living farm at the heart of the community.
The combined efforts of the campaign to create a community farm for Trecadwgan reflect our wish to create a model that can be replicated across Wales, with knowledge, skills and well-being of the community at its centre. Losing such a wonderful farm as Trecadwgan would be of the greatest regret as, once lost, this important part of our cultural heritage can never be replaced.
We are committed to making “The Future Generations Act” a reality and to give real purpose to what it represents, for the future of generations to come!


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Solva Community Council

SCC will meet on Wednesday 6 Nov at 6.30pm in the Memorial Hall.
Items on the agenda:
▪ Play park Services – debate & 2020/21 funding motion (see Solva Precept Pressure article)
▪ Dog Fouling – Enforcement officers debate
▪ Solva Community Land Trust
▪ V.E. Day 75 years Celebrations
▪ 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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Solva Precept Pressure 2020/21

Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC) will have a 2020/21 funding gap and, although probably less than previous years, is seeking our support to deliver various non-statutory services which otherwise may be at risk of being withdrawn. These include:
▪ Public toilets
▪ Play parks
▪ Parks, gardens & public open spaces
The first of these are play park services and PCC plan to transfer the full cost to Solva Community Council (SCC) in April 2020. The forecast cost is £1,200 which could see our 2020/21 precept rise by 3.43%. SCC has already taken financial control for the delivery of local Youth Services at an annual cost of £3,155. The cost of local elections has already been passed to community councils and PCC will now charge SCC approximately £5,000 for any contested
election. SCC must be ready for the 2022 local elections and has from 2018 included £1,000 within the annual precept to cover expected costs. Such increases to our precept are always a challenge to justify and we wish to do everything we can to protect residents from further excessive precept rises especially in the wake of Council Tax increases of 23.6% over the last two years. SCC will consider all options to ensure our play parks remain open. Community Councillors will debate and agree a way forward at their meeting on Wednesday 6 November at 6:30pm in the Memorial Hall.


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Pembrokeshire Ukulele Pirates

The PUPs are recruiting new members and welcome beginners, experienced and/or singers to the Royal George at 7.45pm any Tuesday. Its great fun!


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SOLVA COMMUNITY CINEMA

Thu 3 Oct: “The Green Book” (12A)
Thu 7 Nov: “The Wife” (15) + a simple meal will be available at £5.50 per person.
Thu 5 December: “Fisherman’s Friends” (12A)
Adults: £5.00; Under 18’s: £3.50
Doors open: 7pm / Show: 7:30pm


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Mr Craig Young – Mr “Solva” IRONMAN!

Craig competed in the IRONMAN Wales competition on Sunday 15 September, which began on Tenby’s North Beach, providing one of the most spectacular swim locations on the race circuit. Then followed challenging bike and running courses, while the athletes were treated to consistent and motivating inspiration from some of the
most vocal and enthusiastic spectators! Craig’s time was 15:45:24 putting him in 248/280 place and he helped raised £1100 for “Get the Boys A Lift” a not-for-profit organisation that works to raise mental health awareness among people who are “just about managing”, based in Haverfordwest. A fantastic effort from Craig for all those months of training!


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Solva Fireworks Display

Friday 1 November (or in case of bad weather on Saturday 2 Nov).
The judging of the Guy competition will take place at 6.30 pm outside the Harbour Inn with the main firework display beginning at 7 pm. The event is free for all to attend and enjoy but its continuation relies on donations,
so if you see one of our volunteers with Hi-Vis jacket and official collecting bucket along the way please give anything you can – every penny matters. In case of bad weather a decision to cancel will be made before 4pm and announced on facebook.
Guy Competition – This year we’ll be holding a Guy Competition along with the main fireworks event with a first prize £30, 2nd prize £20 and 3rd prize £10. This is a free to enter competition aimed at children (limit of 1 entry per child). The guy should be built of clean, dry materials such as paper, straw etc and brought by the child and supervising adult to the front of the Harbour Inn before 6.15pm on the day, with judging starting at 6.30 pm. No specific theme has been set but it might be wise to avoid anything rude or politically charged. Rules & Regs: any guy unsuitable due to design, construction or representation will be disqualified. The decision of the judges is final and all entrants are asked to take their guy with them after the judging has finished.


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Night Out – “Mountain Music”

We are very pleased to welcome Farnham Maltings back to Solva with a Little Bulb production of Mountain Music. Many of you will remember The Iranian Feast, How to build a Rocket, Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life. Mountain Music traces the story of pioneers from Britain settling in the Appalachian Mountains and how songs from “the old country” took on a new life amidst the new land. The production is on Friday 1 November at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall.
Tickets, £10 (£5 for children, students and disabled) please call Carol Ann on 07970 614233.


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