Following the driest year since 1976, record warm temperatures and an increased demand for water, water resources (or reservoirs) for the Pembrokeshire area have reached drought levels.
While this does not pose an immediate risk to water supplies for the area, Dwr Cymru are having to take steps to ensure enough water remains to continue supplying customers and to protect the local environment.
From 08.00am on 19th August, a Temporary Use Ban (TUB), more commonly known as a ‘hosepipe ban’, will come into force for customers in Pembrokeshire and a small adjoining part of Carmarthenshire. This will mean that if you have your water supplied by Dwr Cymru in this area then you will not be able to use a hosepipe to carry out activities in and around your property such as watering plants or filling paddling pools or hot tubs.
The Temporary Use Ban will remain in place until there has been enough rain to replenish the water resources.
You can find out more about what the restrictions mean for you by viewing Dwr Cymru's handy frequently asked questions page.
A map showing the areas the Temporary Use Ban applies to can be seen below.
The prize bingo night held in East Williamston Hall last weekend was such a success the committee have decided to make it a monthly event.
Bingo nights will now be in the hall on the 4th Saturday of each month (excluding December). Doors and bar open 6:30pm eyes down 7:30pm.
Come along you never know what you might win!
The bar in East Williamston Community Hall will be open every Saturday night of the school summer holidays (starting tonight 16th July).
Come along for some cool drinks and a chat.
Bar opens 7:30pm
We hope to see you there
Local girl Poppy has given her seal of approval to the new play equipment in East Williamston Jubilee park. She took some brilliant photos for us as well.
Thanks Poppy for your feedback.
Do you have any photos of the area you would like us to include in our website? Please send them to us on Facebook or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The play equipment at the Jubilee Park will begin to be updated and maintained from Monday 11th October. During this time the playground section of the jubilee park will be out of bounds.
It's been a long time, but at last our popular quiz nights are starting up again this Saturday! Then they will continue on the second Saturday of each month.
The first quiz master is Tracy who is notorious for giving us an entertaining fun quiz. You never know what will come up next!
The bar opens 7.30 and the Quiz will begin at 8pm. £2.00 per team member, so come along, make up a team or you'll be welcome to join in with others.
We look forward to welcoming old and new friends. Cash prize and a raffle too of course. An evening of entertainment and fun as the nights draw in and we get back to 'normal'!
The hall is in the village of East Williamston (on the loop), post code SA70 8RT. Follow the signs for the community hall.
Did you have your first COVID vaccine with Saundersfoot Surgery? If you did and you haven't booked your 2nd vaccine yet please get in touch with them to book your appointment on 01834 815115.
Thanks to the relaxing of the COVID restrictions by the Welsh Government the hall is now allowed to open again for the user groups. We aren't currently allowed to open for partied as yet.
Some of the groups have already started, some are waiting until the summer and others are waiting until September.
If you live in Pembrokeshire Carmarthenshire or Ceredigion and one or more of the following applies to you and you have not received your first vaccine appointment, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 or by email COVIDenquiries.email@example.com by Friday 16 April:
are aged 50 or over
are aged 16 to 64 and have underlying health conditions that put you at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality
work in a care home or in health and social care in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire
are the primary unpaid carer of an elderly or disabled adult who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality, or a child with severe neuro-disabilities
Please do not contact your GP practice or the health board at this time to ask about your second vaccine appointment. You will be contacted when it is your turn.
Two East Williamston residents have got together to spread a little bit of sunshine in these trying times.
Dai and Jean both residents of the village have supplied each house in East Williamston with a set of four sunflower seeds. They're hoping everyone will keep them updated with pictures of the growing sunflowers. Then in September, there will be a friendly competition to see who has the tallest and shortest plants.
Keep everyone up to date on your plants' progress by sending updates and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
We were saddened to find a lot of litter around our community in the last few days. Please respect our community and either use the bins provided or take your litter home. These new signs will be appearing as a gentle reminder.
Join Hywel Dda Health Board at one of their Apprenticeship Academy Virtual Information Sessions.
Click on the link to book your place & to find out more:
We have Health Care, Admin and IT apprenticeships available
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Dyfed Powys Police are asking dog walkers to be vigilant as there have been a number of attempted Dog thefts in their area. The posters below are now displayed around the park, if you see anything that you think may be suspicious please contact the police on 101 or email email@example.com
Are you aged between 14 to 18, with a passion for cinema and a desire to learn more about different aspects from across the film industry?
Milford Haven’s Torch Theatre have launched a fresh new scheme for teenagers from across Pembrokeshire who are interested in or have a passion based around film and cinema.
Commencing from the end of March 2021, the Torch Theatre Young Film Ambassadors scheme is an unmissable opportunity for teenagers to experience film in a fun and educational way; become a budding film critic, meet like-minded people and to make new friends.
Want to get involved? To apply to become a Young Film Ambassador, simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: name, age and location - plus say what your three favourite films are and why.
Successful Ambassadors will be contacted by March 15.
For more information, visit the Torch Theatre’s website at www.torchtheate.co.uk/yfa
The ever-changing COVID-19 situation continues to put NHS staff and services under huge pressure.
Now more than ever people need to think carefully about where the right place is to seek advice and avoid extra pressure on the NHS this winter. However, the NHS is still here for you if and when you need it, but the way you access services might be different.
We are encouraging people to still attend their hospital appointments when asked to or review their treatment. A range of appropriate measures have been taken in hospitals to keep people safe, including treating people with coronavirus or suspected coronavirus in separate areas to those who do not have the virus to prevent the risk of it spreading.
The NHS is working hard to keep services running while trying to keep you safe. If you are worried about persistent symptoms contact your GP. After being offered a medical appointment please make sure you attend at the scheduled time. It is safe to do so. Alternatively, you may be offered a video consultation; this is still a full consultation visit but saves you travelling to your local surgery.
As well as making sure you seek help when you need it, the Keep Wales Safe campaign is asking people to use the online symptom checker on the NHS 111 Wales website (111.wales.nhs.uk) or call 111 for advice on where to go to get the right treatment. By choosing the right service for your needs we can ensure we do not put extra pressure on GPs, Emergency Departments and the emergency ambulance services as they continue to tackle the pandemic.
Did you know that community pharmacies play a key role in helping people, with minor ailments and injuries, get the right medicines and support. Where possible you can assist pharmacists by ordering repeat prescriptions seven days before they are due. Or if you have a minor injury there are clinics that can treat you so you don’t need to go to A&E? Find your closest clinic here
And remember if you have COVID symptoms no matter how mild, please self-isolate and book a test by calling 119 or call 111 if symptoms persist and you can no longer cope at home.
We’re all in this together. Help us help you.
Hywel Dda University Health Board is asking people in vaccine priority groups 1 to 3 to get in touch as soon as possible if they have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
Who to contact:
Priority group 1 - older adult care home staff – please contact 0300 303 8322* or email your name, job title and organisation, mobile phone number and nearest mass vaccination centre to COVIDenquiries.email@example.com
Priority group 2 – frontline health and social care staff (including agency) – please contact 0300 303 8322* or email your name, job title and organisation, mobile phone number and nearest mass vaccination centre to COVIDenquiries.firstname.lastname@example.org
Priority group 2 – people aged 80 and over – please contact your GP practice directly.
Priority group 3 – people aged 75 to 79 – please phone 0300 303 8322* or email COVIDenquiries.email@example.com
Health services are being inundated with calls, emails and social media messages from the public enquiring about the vaccine. If you are not in one of the priority groups listed above please do not contact the health board or your GP regarding the vaccine at this time.
Steve Moore, Chief Executive of Hywel Dda UHB, said: “We are confident that everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 will be offered a vaccine by Monday 15 February thanks to the amazing efforts of vaccinating teams across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.
“However, people change phone numbers or move to a new house and may not always update their contact details with health services. This is why we want to make absolutely sure no one has missed an appointment for their vaccination.”
*Phonelines are open Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm, Saturday 6 February only between 10am to 4pm, and Sunday 7 February only between 10am to 3pm.
For further updates please visit the Hywel Dda Local Health Board Facebook page.
Update 1 - Further clarification:
- The vaccination clinics on Tuesday 09/02/21 will continue just as planned but, in an effort to reach out as much as possible to all those in the cohort, telephone contact will be made to encourage attendance.
- After 09/02/21 attempts will be made via telephone to contact all missed patients from the first 4 cohorts and we will be vaccinating all the truly housebound patients depending on supply of vaccine
Update 2 - Further vaccination clarification:
Our extremely vulnerable cohort group (group 4 b) will be directly contacted via the health board team with an offer of an invite to attend for vaccination, to be held at the Pembrokeshire Archives in Haverfordwest. This may be subject to change depending on vaccine number availabilities etc.
We ask that you kindly bear with us during this challenging and ever changing times. We will attempt to keep you updated as soon as we are updated. Many thanks.
- The " extremely vulnerable group" ie part of group 4 will now be vaccinated by the health board, in Tenby Leisure Centre. You will notified via the health board independent to the surgery.
- The 09.00-12.00 Friday 5/2/21 vaccination session is "walk in" with no appointment times and no telephone invitation. This will incorporate the 70-75 yr olds with surnames A - H.
Please do not attend if you are outside this age range and alphabetical range.
- A further vaccination day is being arranged for Tuesday 09/02/21, for the remaining alphabetical ranges in the 70-75 age group and this group will be notified by telephone
The distribution of covid vaccinations remain unreliable and haphazard and arrangements have to be made at short notice.
If you are in a lower cohort, please rest assured that you will be invited for immunisation at the earliest opportunity dependent on vaccine availability.
All patients registered at Saundersfoot Medical Centre who are:
• In the age group 70 - 74 years (inclusive) ONLY.
• With the surname beginning with A,B,C,D,E,F,G & H ONLY.
Are invited to attend the Regency Hall between 9am and 12pm (noon) on Friday 5th February 2021 for their COVID19 vaccination.
There is no fixed appointment time for this vaccination event.
If your surname does not begin with these letters: A,B,C,D,E,F,G & H - please DO NOT ATTEND, details of sessions for other surnames are below.
A second walk in clinic will be held on Tuesday 9th February 2021 from 9 am to 12 noon
All patients with their surname beginning with the letters: I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q & R and who are registered at Saundersfoot Medical Centre.
The third walk in clinic will be held on Tuesday 9th February 2021 from 1 pm to 4 pm
All patients with their surname beginning with the letters: S, T, U, V, W, X, Y & Z and who are registered at Saundersfoot Medical Centre
All these clinics are for the Group aged 70 – 74 years inclusive only.
This is a walk in clinic and there are no fixed appointment times.
There will not be telephone calls from the medical centre so please pass on this message by word of mouth and social media, as we need your help and support.