Solva Sailing Club – A Girls’ Evening Afloat

Thursady 14 June 5.30 – 8.30pm
Try sailing a solo dinghy, double handed dinghy, drive a power boat and row.
Suitable for mothers and daughters, grannies, scaredy cats, beginners and returners. Especially suitable for fun lovers and those who want to try something new. There will be drinks afterwards!
(We will have some male instructors. Other adult sessions are planned). Please book using the link https://goo.gl/forms/B0udTnYnIWxWVj1M2
Session £15, members £10 including a glass of fizz or non-alcoholic drink.


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SOLVA COMMUNITY CINEMA

Thu 7 June: Call me by your name (15)
Thu 5 July: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (15)
Thu 2 August: Musical – The Greatest Showman (PG)
Thu 6 September: The Shape of Water (15)
Adults: £5.00; Under 18’s: £3.50
Doors open: 7.00 pm / Show: 7.30 pm


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The Grand opening of the Pwll Melyn Mosaic Steps

Only seven months since starting, and the Pwll Melyn Mosaic steps are finished and looking
resplendent with lovely art work, new slabs and attractive railings. For our grand opening,
Councillor Phil Baker cut the ribbon and lots of people came to the Hall to celebrate, including Cllr. Mark Carter and SCC Chair Josh Phillips. This has been a successful community art project, and ideas are already pouring in for what we might do next. Sue, Penny and Maddie would like thank all who took part and supported the Project. Following the success of the “Steps Project” further classes and projects are planned for an October start.
So, Watch this space!


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Open Gardens Upper Solva

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 June – In support of Solva Care.
Eight small gardens will be open for viewing from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm on both days.
The gardens are quite close together (easy walking distance) between Glan Hafen and Bryn Seion. Three are accessible to wheelchairs; most of the others have steps. Please start at any garden and pay £3 per person. Refreshments available at some locations.
Brochures – which are being sponsored by Daisybus Garden (many thanks) – are available from Bay View Stores (Top Shop) and can be viewed on the web at www.solvacare.co.uk or please contact Fran Barker on 01437 721164 / email franhb34@talktalk.net.


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Solva – First World War Commemorative plan

June events:
1 June at 6 pm: Event marking the Battle of Jutland, Trinity Quay.
Service by Rev Michael Rowlands, poetry, readings and wreath laying in the harbour.
**May 31st – June 2**: Exhibition: “The Story of the Battle of Jutland” – Solva 100 Years Ago – sponsored by Solva Heritage Society and to be held at St Aidans and Capel Ucha.
** Please note the revised times of this exhibition. It will not be open in Capel Ucha or St Aidans as previously posted.**


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Gone fishing ….. again!

Willie’s bench is now installed on the quay near Willie’s Shed, both commemorating the life and times of the Solva born fisherman – William Phillips, probably better known as Willie Bach or Will the Fish – who spent his whole life (1934-2018) working in Solva. His last boat, The Vital Spark, was much photographed and painted and will be as well remembered as his blue, three-wheeled Robin Reliant bearing the Will the Fish logo. The seafood business that he and his wife Jan established is now under a new name, Mrs Will the Fish. Local crab and lobster – caught by a new generation of Solva fishermen: Jono Voyce and Kevin Dufton – can be bought daily (9 am – 6 pm), freshly dressed from Parc Benny in Upper Solva. Please contact Jan on 01437 721571 / email mrswillthefish@gmail.com.


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Solva WI

The main items of business at our meeting on Thursday 10 May were followed by discussion to enable members to decide which way to vote for the resolution ”Mental Health Matters” – the only resolution to be voted on at the NFWI Annual meeting which is to held in Cardiff on Wednesday 6 June.
Members had attended and enjoyed various events including the County Round at Crundale, Dewisland Spring Group meeting at Camrose and the Spring Council meeting at the Pavilion on the County Show ground where Solva won a cut glass bowl for the best calendar (clarity, layout and the varied subjects and themes of our Speakers). Our thanks were recorded to Mary Haughton who designs and arranges the programme.
There were a few arrangements then made for various outings including a visit to the Penrallt Garden Centre and a walk, the “Year of the Sea” celebration hosted by Croesgoch WI, the Strawberry Soiree & Quiz at Mathry and the annual Car Treasure Hunt. Plenty more to come in the next 2 months!
The speaker was the ever popular Sheena Crossley with an illustrated and ever-humorous talk on “Gardening by the Sea”.
Our next meeting on Thursday 14 June will start off with a short business meeting in the Hall at 2 pm, after which we will visit the “DaisyBus Garden”.


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Church Services for June:

Sunday 3 June – Holy Eucharist in St Aidans at 9.30 am
Sunday 10 June – Joint LMA service in Mathry Church at 10.00 am
Sunday 17 June – Morning Prayer in St Aidans at 10.00 am
Sunday 24 June – Holy Eucharist in St Aidans at 9.30 am
The Church Fete & Fun Dog show will be held on Thursday 2 August at 2 pm in Parc y Capel.


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Parc y Capel 100 Club

The final draw for 2017/2018 took place at the coffee morning at the Chapel on Monday 14 May the winners are:
1st Rhian Perry No. 10 £50.00
2nd Julie Davies No. 34 £30.00
3rd Ian Robertson-Steel No. 113 £20.00
Membership renewals are due by 6 July, for those who pay by standing order payments will be going out on 31 July as usual.


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Parc y Capel fete

The sun shone, the band played and a large crowd enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere of this event.
All the stalls were busy, especially the bottle stall, the raffle and the sunflowers. All manner of items were bought, prizes were won and ice lollies, tea and cake were extremely welcome.
Many thanks to all who attended and to all who worked so hard to make it happen.


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Solva Regatta Raft Race

A large crowd enjoyed watching a full compliment of raft racers: first assembling their crafts, then seeing if the rafts survived the drop off the quay wall and the race itself. It was a close fought race, with the “Aquamarine” team first to reach the finish line. Well done to all and thanks to all the work of the organisers.


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Singing for Fun – is BACK!

Monday 4 June in Solva Memorial Hall
from 7.00 – 8.30 pm. £4 per session.
A big THANK YOU to all of the singers for being so patient, while Anne has been nursing her mother.
See you all very soon!


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Ysgol Solfach / Solva C.P School

Residential visit to The Urdd Centre, Cardiff Bay
We are so proud of our Year 5 & 6 pupils who recently represented Ysgol Solfach on a residential visit to the Urdd Centre in Cardiff. The trip was from the 16 – 18 May and the pupils were accompanied by teachers Mrs Jones and Mr Jones. The pupils had the opportunity to take part in a varied range of educational activities including visits to The Big Pit in Bleanwern, Cardiff Castle, Techniquest and The Royal Mint in Llantrisant.
Congratulations to our talented pupils on their Urdd Eisteddfod successes and to Llyr, Meg, Pippa and Faye who won County Prizes in the Urdd Arts and Craft Competition. A special well done to Faye who came 3rd in the National
Eisteddfod. Congratulations also to Hattie, Skye, Daisy and Harriet on coming 2nd in the 2nd Language Writing Project. We send our best wishes to our Dialogue Group and Recitation Party who will be competing on the Monday
and Tuesday in the National Urdd Eisteddfod at Builth Wells during half term.
Urdd Rugby Area competition
Congratulations to the two teams from Ysgol Solfach who took part in the area Urdd Rugby competition which took place at Neyland Rugby Club on Monday 30 April. Ysgol Solfach entered a 7-a-side contact boys rugby team and a 7-a-side girls tag tournament. Both teams performed so well, even in the atrocious weather conditions. Da Iawn Pawb!
Thank you to Solva Sailing Club A big thank you to Solva Sailing Club who organised a taster Sailing activity
for all our Year 5 & 6 pupils down on Solva Quay. This was such a special opportunity for the children and we are grateful to all involved in making it so enjoyable.
Ysgol Solfach – A Celebration
On Saturday 14 July there will be a special day of events to celebrate Ysgol Solfach. Further details of the plans for the day will be sent out in the June edition. Everyone is welcome to attend. If anyone has any photographs, old school reports or memorabilia from the school that they would like to share please get in touch with us, email: admin.solva@pembrokeshire.gov.uk


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Solva Scarecrow Trail 2018

This year the event will take place on Sunday 12 & Monday 13 August.
The theme is Detectives and their Villains.
To enter please contact the Chief Scarecrow on: 01437 721164.


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Solva Sailing Club

Young sailors at Solva Sailing Club were surprised to find a new instructor at their evening sailing session. Micky Beckett turned up, fresh from winning a silver medal at the Laser European Championships in La Rochelle, to lend a hand with this year’s beginners. “Solva has a reputation for producing good sailors,” he said, “and it’s great to see the progress being made by the children, some of whom had never been in a sailing boat until a few weeks ago.”


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SOLVA AFC AGM

Solva AFC will hold its AGM at the clubhouse at 7 pm on Tuesday 5 June.


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Solva Community Council

Two proposals have come before the Solva Community Council which involve the whole village so it’s important that we start a debate. The first proposal involves thinning out the trees between the Memorial Cross and the quay road. Early photographs of Solva, shown at the presentation entitled Solva 100 Years Ago, given by Grace Davies to a
packed Memorial Hall, showed Solva to be completely devoid of trees. The Memorial Cross, erected in 1920 could be clearly seen when looking up from the water’s edge and the sweep of the harbour could be seen from the
cross, as the photograph shows. Whilst nobody wants the wholesale felling of trees, a thinning out of the sycamores between the cross and the quay road would restore a very interesting vista and reinstate the view that was available nearly 100 years ago. The PCNP tree adviser, Mike Higgins has been consulted and he would support a proposal of tree management as suggested. What do you think? Let SCC know before we take the proposal further.

The second proposal to come before the SCC is to introduce car parking opposite Bay View Stores.
This would involve moving the fence to the football field and early discussions with representatives of the football club have been positive, as there is adequate space to reconfigure the pitches. This proposal has been been further extended to become part of a plan to create a wheelchair route from upper Solva down to the lower car park. Solva has made huge strides forward in becoming a beacon for Wales, and indeed the UK, in care of the elderly, a truly dementia friendly place. With regards to mobility however, there is still a great deal to be done. The detail of the proposal has yet to be defined but it is envisaged that wheelchair users could drop off in the newly created car park and then travel along the side of the football pitch into Glanhafan, St Brides View, past the newly refurbished Dolphin Court then back down on the Fort footpath. People have expressed concern over existing footpaths being covered in tarmac and this of course would be avoided. The wheelchair route proposal is still very tentative and depends upon many factors, notably getting the support of all the community.
What do you think? Please let us know.


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Solva Clean-Up Report

One Sunday in May a band of volunteers picked up their litter bags, donned their rubber gloves, (kindly donated by our County Councillor, Mark Carter), and began to scour the whole village for rubbish. Ian Meopham of the National Parks accompanied the team. It was no surprise to find that we do, in fact, have a very tidy village, so the task was not so onerous as was first imagined.
Nevertheless some interesting items of rubbish were collected ranging from cigarette butts to a tent. The morning
event culminated in the Harbour Inn where Josh, the SCC Chair, kindly laid on a generous buffet to end the exercise. We have a very clean village – let’s keep it that way.


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SCC meeting

Solva Community Council will meet on Wednesday 6 June at 7 pm in Solva Memorial Hall. Agenda items:
● Community Consultation on Play and Skate Parks
● First World War commemorative plans
● Finance report
● Planning applications
● Community Social Enterprise
● Community Action Plan 2017
● AFC Project
● SCC Logo Competition
● Local Concerns
Members of the local community are welcome. Please call Bruce Payne 07890 987259 if you wish to attend.


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Brilliant Bats at St Davids Bishop’s Palace

Saturday 23 June 8.30 – 10.30 pm.
Embark on a guided tour with a National Park Ranger, and with the help of provided bat detectors, to get a little
closer to these mysterious creatures. Entrance £4 Child, £6 Adult – Booking essential: 01437 720392


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