Soval Community Council

Solva Community Council will meet on Wednesday 5 December 2018 at 7pm in Solva Memorial Hall.
Items on the agenda will include:
● New Council Houses in Solva
● New equipment – Upper Play Park
● Review of Community Action Plan
● Whitchurch Church Cemetery
● SCC Draft Budget and Precept 2019/20
● Finance report
● Planning applications
● Local concerns
Members of the local community are very welcome. Please call Bruce Payne on 07890 987259 if you wish to attend.


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Solva Heritage Society

The society has had a very busy year supporting the nationwide commemoration of the end of WW1. There have been two exhibitions in Capel Ucha featuring the people and places in Solva 100 years ago and six exhibitions in St Aidans Church showing a timeline of events and telling the stories of Jutland, The Somme, Ypres, Gallipoli and the last, for Sunday 11 November, combining all the new information, in booklets and files, gathered about Solva men and families involved. Gratitude is extended to the researchers.
There is now a comprehensive digital record of our village at this time; but there are always new things to discover, so please keep sharing anything that might build on the records of our past.


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Oriel y Parc Christmas Market

Saturday 1 December 10am – 4pm. Free entry and Parking. A unique shopping event including stalls from local producers and craft makers. Festive food and drink available in our café and a live music performance from Tempus choir 12pm-1pm. Santa’s Grotto will be open 10.30am – 3.30pm at £2 per child including a gift.


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Mobile Library

The Mobile Library will visit Solva on Friday 7 December. Opposite St Aidans Church from 1 – 1.30pm


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Solva Surgery

On Friday 7 December Solva Surgery will be closed between 12.30 – 3.30pm for staff training.
Opening hours for Christmas Bank Holiday:
Monday 24 December Usual Opening Hours (doors close at 4.30 pm)
Tuesday 25 December CLOSED (Christmas Day)
Wednesday 26 December CLOSED (Boxing Day)
Thursday 27 December Usual Opening Hours
Friday 28 December Usual Opening Hours
Monday 31 December Usual Opening Hours
Tuesday 1 January 2019 CLOSED (Bank Holiday)
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A DOCTOR ON CALL WHEN THE SURGERY IS CLOSED In an EMERGENCY. Please telephone 01437 721306.


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Dog fouling in the surgery grounds

There is an on-going issue of dog fouling in the surgery grounds. The gardener is forever picking up dog mess before he can start work. Not only has the mess been discovered in the grounds, but just outside the windows of the surgery! This practice of letting your dog foul the area and not disposing of it is not only disgusting but a danger to patients visiting the practice.
The surgery is now putting into operation a system to lookout for the culprits.


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Edge Festival – Party time!

To celebrate the end of a glorious year for the Edge Festival we are holding a Christmas party in the Harbour Inn on Saturday 8 December, starting at 7 pm. The Edge Festival is Solva. Solva people run it and over £10,000 was raised for the community of Solva and the north peninsula.
We also celebrate the success of our bid to become a charity, confirmed in September. The Edge can only go from strength to strength! There will be a massive Christmas buffet feast and music will be provided by ‘Sorted’ – the Ska band who have blown the roof off all the gigs they’ve played at this year. So if you fancy a fine festive night come and join us. Tickets are £14 – please let Ifor Thomas know, so we can get a handle on numbers: 07971038643. Or purchase a ticket from Josh Phillips at the Harbour Inn.
Gin news – Solva Gin is taking the world of craft gin by storm, demand has grown since this year’s Edge Festival such that a separate company has been formed to handle the business. So Solva now has its very own Solva Gin Company, with all profits going towards the Edge Festival and therefore the people of Solva. The gin is marketed in a striking bottle with an illustration by Solva boy Connor Stephens. This eye-catching design of a fisherman (is it Willie Bach?) wending his way along the Quay has attracted very favourable comments and helped sales as far away as London. The gin itself has unique flavours of black tea, bergamot and gorse flower and connoisseurs can’t get enough. Make sure you purchase a bottle or two for Christmas. It will make a great gift even if you are not a gin fan. Contact Josh at the Harbour Inn to order a bottle.


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Solva Rowing Club

Solva Rowing and Watersports Club will hold its annual Frostbite rowing race on Saturday 29 December. 11 am entries for 12 noon start. Everyone welcome. Look out for posters in the pubs and around the village early December.


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Mosaic group

The latest mosaic master classes are going well. Soon you will see the flower trough outside the Memorial Hall decorated with flowers, the centre piece – fittingly – being beautiful red poppies.


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Christmas Ice cream

Pointz Castle Farm Ice cream parlour Christmas Fair – Sunday 2 December 11am – 5.30pm.
The busy gelato ice cream elves have produced a delicious range of flavoured ice creams themed around Christmas. These can be found at the Fair along with Santa’s Grotto. Lots of festive fun and plenty of ice cream!


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Solva Boat Owners Association

Solva Boat Owners Association
• By popular demand the Annual SBOA function will take place at Crug Glas on the Saturday 9 March 2019. Tickets
will be usual price £30. Look out for details. John Griffiths will be looking after the bookings.
• Quay road was initially going to be re surfaced 9-11 December but due to pressure of work from flooding, this has
been pushed back to a date to be advised.
• Please note maintenance work is being carried out on Trinity Quay up to Christmas.
• Cafe on the Quay will open on New Year’s day for the village Treasure Hunt. Opening times for 2019 will be
displayed in the New Year.


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Solva Care

On Tuesday 13 November Sue and Mollie travelled to Builth Wells to give a talk on the Solva Care “toolkit” at the Rural Health Conference. Solva Care received funding from the Health Board to write the “toolkit”, which is intended for other communities thinking of setting up a similar initiative. Each chapter is presented by “Long John Solva” cartoons drawn by Ian Macdonald. Please check out the Solva Care website to see them!
Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, visited, along with BBC Wales, the coffee morning held at Solva Memorial Hall, on Thursday 1 November to meet local residents and Solva Care volunteers. Solva Care received some well deserved publicity which was broadcast the following Thursday.
At the Friday Club on 2 November Nadia provided expert tuition and materials for previously made clay sea creature models and members, including 3 year old Hannah, painted them in colourful designs. At the same session Brenda gave a fascinating talk about care of hearing, telling us about her work with children, properties of the ears and suggestions for prevention. Over twenty members of the Friday Club attended these successful established sessions.
WW1 Commemorations: Mamgu’s Welshcake Cafe helped members make their own Welsh Cakes and also, along with Jane and Brenda, members decorated poppies and provided Welsh Cakes for the forthcoming Weekend of commemorative activities.
On Friday 16 November Tony (Country and Western band), was unable to play due to a hip operation. Our activities specialist Helen Morris provided exercise routines and craft activities for the whole session. Many thanks to all volunteers and presenters for their expertise, time and care, especially Helen who stepped in at short notice. See “What’s On” for more Friday club attractions.
Tuesday 13 November was a busy day for Solva Care! As well as Sue and Mollie’s visit to Builth Wells, Lesley attended the Ageing Well in Wales, Dementia Friendly Communities event in Hermon, Enid represented Solva Care at the WAG Conversations on Loneliness in Carmarthen and Lena did a talk to the Ladies’ Circle at the Ebenezer Chapel in Haverfordwest. Phew!


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Childcare in Solva

Wyncliffe Childcare has two locations; the Forest club at Wyncliffe Cottage, St Davids, with its own amazing
learning environment – a forest!
In addition, based in Solva, a brand new full day-care location with lots of different sessions available for
working parents. Both linked to Ygsol Penwryn Dewi. Holiday clubs are also run. More info at:
wyncliffechildcare.co.uk or email info.wyncliffechildcare@gmail.com


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St Davids & Solva Surgeries NHS Wales Awards 2018

In June 2017, St. Davids Surgery and Solva Surgery began co-piloting a Health Board study to introduce
Multi-Disciplinary Team meetings (MDTs) within Practices, with the aim of providing quicker, more holistic and better co-ordinated care.
Hywel Dda University Health Board nominated the pilot for an NHS Wales Award 2018 in the ‘Working Seamlessly Across Organisations’ category – it was shortlisted to the final 3 out of over 70 nominations in this category, and a group of representatives from the various disciplines attended the Awards ceremony in Cardiff in September 2018. Since the end of the pilot study, both Practices have continued the MDT meetings, having seen the benefit to their patients of this way of working.


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RNLI Shop St Davids

The shop will not be open between 17-31 December, due to stocktaking. It will re-open on Tuesday 1 January 2019. For Volunteers there will be a training/refresher session at the beginning of February, in time for the busy February half term.


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“Solfach yn Cofio” “Solva Remembers”

Saturday 10 November promises to be a very special celebration of the centenary of the Armistice.
Don’t forget ticket holders to don your WW1 costumes, warm up your singing voices, bring a plate of savoury goodies and your own preferred tipple: 7 for 7.30pm.
Earlier in day at the hall: WI cooking workshop 9.30am – 12.30pm and Craft workshop 2 – 5pm.


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Betty Temple

Open birthday invitation:
Our mother, Solva’s oldest resident Betty Temple, will soon be celebrating her 100th birthday. As a family, we are delighted to invite anyone who knows her – from Solva or St Davids – to come along to her open house party. This will take place on her birthday, Wednesday 5 December, at The Harbour Inn, Solva from 3pm onwards.
Buffet tea and refreshments will be served. All we want is for her is to be surrounded by her family and friends on this day of celebration. So please come along and make the day special for her.
No need to let us know if you can make it, just turn up. More the merrier! Best wishes from Penny Williams, Mark Temple and Patty Pellegrini.


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GP Practice of the Year: Solva Surgery

Solva Surgery has won the GP Practice of the Year at the Western Telegraph Health & Care Awards 2018. From receptionists, nurses, district nurses, GPs to Practice manager, the staff were praised for their dedication, understanding and desire always to put their patients first. The support offered to patients and their
families is considered second to none, and the level of care and medical expertise available at the surgery was described as outstanding. Solva Surgery is recognised for addressing the needs of the community it serves with care, dedication and outstanding professionalism. Awards presented by Television presenter, GP and author Dr Hilary Jones.


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Helen Platel

Helen Platel – Our very own Solva girl completed the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Helen had an incredible race day, finishing with a personal best record of 12 hrs and 14 mins, placed 59th overall in her category. Helen said, “It truly was an incredible experience, with so many fantastic memories to bring home and
share. The support of all of my friends and family was immense.
Thank you for all of your kind messages!” Congratulations Helen on your wonderful achievement.


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Solva Fireworks Display – Saturday 3 November

This year’s event will start at 6.30 pm with the bonfire being lit, followed by a fireworks display to music! If the weather is inclement, alternative dates have been arranged for Sunday 4 and/or Monday 5 November. Food will be available from Café 35, Harbour Inn, Ship Inn, Royal George and MamGu Welshcakes mobile eatery. There is no charge for the display, but donations are greatly welcome in order to keep this annual event active.


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