Although he emigrated with his family from Neyland to Canada in 1970, Mr. Adrian Welham has never forgotten the town of his birth. The son of Mr. Derek Welham and Marion his wife (nee Hewitt) he was born at Harbour Close in September 1959 the second of four children. The family moved to No. 4 Railway Terrace in 1968 and to a new life in Canada two years later.
Adrian has been living at Gimli, Manitoba since 1974 and is married to Jo-Ann. The couple have been married for 36 years and have two grown-up children, Rhys and Carly. The couple visit their many friends in Pembrokeshire most winters usually coinciding with the six nations rugby tournament. Adrian had a great love for his grandparents, Jack Welham (1912-96) and Olive (1914-2006) his wife. Last Wednesday a bench in memory of the couple was dedicated on Neyland Promenade.
The location is especially poignant since Jack Welham had a lifetime’s affinity with the sea, helping with the sea scouts, building his own boats and he was one of the founding members of Neyland Yacht Club in the early 1960s. The ceremony was attended by several local residents, the Edwards family of Great Eastern Terrace who were long-standing friends of the Welham’s.
The Mayor of Neyland Dr Simon Hancock said ‘I am sure everyone in the town will be grateful to Mr and Mrs Welham for their generous gift of a bench in memory of Jack and Olive Welham. They were the first residents of Harbour Close in 1949 and they were next door neighbours of my grandmother Dolly Cole for more than 50 years. They were a wonderful couple. I am also grateful to the maintenance team of the county council for fixing the bench.’
Mr. Adrian Welham is a property developer who has created a little part of Pembrokshire on the prairies. He has created an estate with familiar-sounding names like Westfield Way, Brunel Lane, Neyland Way, Pembroke Way, Honeyborough Lane and Railway Terrace.
An ocean is no limit to the bonds of love and family..
Since relocating the Youth Club to The Skills Centre in 2015 our membership figures have remained high. Last term membership at the club rose to 67 with an average of 30+ young people attending our evening sessions. We were once again able to offer a range of activities from our ever popular cooking session on a Monday, to workshops on Alcohol Awareness and Cyberbullying plus regular competitions e.g. Food Challenges, Kitchen Olympics, Family Fortunes.
Arts and crafts proved popular; salt dough decorations, paper mache masks, tea light holders are just a few of the things we made. We also had a long list of volunteers for face painting and henna art – those who wanted to be models and those who could paint! Last term we alternated our Youth Forum sessions with a Girls Group, this term we are alternating Forum with a Boys Group.
Thirteen members of the club travelled up to Cardiff on the Pembrokeshire Youth Trip to see Wales versus Japan. Some of the young people had never been to Cardiff let alone seen their national team play rugby, it was an experience they will remember for years to come.
Cllr Simon Hancock very kindly donated £250 to the Youth Club, we were able to put this towards the purchase of new sofas for our television room. The Youth Forum had fund raising stalls at two Christmas Fairs and put the money they had raised towards the purchase as well.
Staff and members are looking forward to the lighter evenings when we can once again use the area outside for activities such as tennis, volley ball, barbecues and cricket. Planning is on a monthly basis with young people having an input on what they would like to do inside the club.
Youth Club Opening Times
Spring Term 2017
5.00 – 6.30 After School Club
6.30 – 8.30 Youth Club
5.00 – 6.30 Youth Forum or Boys Club
6.30 – 8.30 Youth Club
4.30 -.6.00 After School Club
All sessions are FREE and members have to be in Year 7 and above to attend
The Mayor, Dr Simon Hancock said ‘I fought hard to ensure that Neyland retained its youth club and I am delighted to see it go from strength to strength and I am pleased to help and assist the young people of the town in any practical way that I can.’
Neyland Town Council recently awarded funding to the Welsh Sailing Venture, a registered charity which enables disabled and able-bodied people to experience sailing on the Haven waterway. Their vessel, a catamaran, ‘Sea Legs’ is based at Neyland Marina and is run by volunteers who provide trips for groups up to six There is also a scheme ‘RYA Sailability’ whereby people can work towards a certificate of competence. The town council funding will allow for some additional days afloat and opportunities can be extended to Neyland Community School, Neyland House and other organizations. The Mayor of Neyland, Dr Simon Hancock, said ‘We are delighted to make funding available to allow more people to experience trips on the Welsh Sailing Venture catamaran. We have a wonderful resource, the Haven and allowing more people to enjoy it under skilled supervision will enhance the well-being of those go out on the river.’
Following a recent review of the Choicehomes@Pembrokeshire Housing Allocation Policy, the Choice Homes Partnership (Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembrokeshire Housing and Wales & West Housing), is seeking your views on what you feel constitutes a ‘local connection’ to Pembrokeshire.
Opinion on what it means to be ‘local’ differs greatly from one individual to another. We are keen to hear your views and those of others, on how many years residence in Pembrokeshire is necessary in order for an applicant on the Housing Register, to have a ‘local connection’.
Please click on the link below to give your views:
This consultation will run from 01/02/2017 – 17/03/2017
If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me.
Customer Liaison Officer / Swyddog Cyswllt a Chwsmeriaid
Pembrokeshire County Council / Cyngor Sir Benfro
2A County Hall, Haverfordwest SA61 1TP / 2A Neuadd y Sir, Hwlffordd SA61 1TP
A free, person-centred, confidential service for persons and families across Pembrokeshire has recently been launched. Community Connectors will support people to take positive steps to improve their health and well-being and help them to enjoy life within their communities. Community Connectors are a 2 Year programme delivered by the Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services working with the county council and health board.
They will offer information on local services and activities to suit individuals and widen their social networks. Four Community Connectors will work in communities across the county and liaise with GP clusters and other preventative services. Neyland Town Council recently offered free office accommodation to the local Community Connector covering the town in a spirit of partnership working and enhancing services for local people. The Mayor of Neyland, Dr Simon Hancock said ‘we warmly welcome a Community Connector to work in Neyland and district working with statutory and voluntary services and afford them every possible facility to enhance their excellent and invaluable work.’
Dr Simon Hancock welcomes Community Connectors, Andrea Howard (left) and Tessa Fudge.
Neyland Town Council has recently agreed to set a precept of £60 per household for the residents of Neyland which represents an increase of £2 per household or a little over 3%.
The increase is to accommodate some of the additional responsibilities to be taken on by the town council including the maintenance of newly-acquired public land and take account of prices and inflation.
The council acknowledges the need for repair and refurbishment of the existing play equipment at the Victoria Court play Park.A new budget will be created for the maintenance of green spaces as the Council wil be taking over the ownership and responsibility for the play Park and the green field at Belle Vue.
The town development budget will provide for the provision of wi-fi for the town centre and the refurbishment of the information boards at Brunel Quay.
The total Town Council budget will be £89,140.40 and by increasing the precept to £60.00 this will bring in a sum of £80,424 plus other income to a total of £83,924. The shortfall of £5,210.40 will be met from reserves.
The Mayor of Neyland, Dr Simon Hancock said the council would be allocating sums for twinning and Christmas festivities and the council was determined that council taxpayers would get good value for money. ‘We want to do the very best for residents in spending the precept.’
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Please find attached the Map outlining the Flying Start area in Neyland.neyland-2016 (pdf)
Also the link to Flying Start Facebook page:
At the recent Annual General Meeting, Janet Knight was elected as new Chairlady and Janice Spearing stepped in to the role of Secretary. The outgoing Chairlady, Noreen Hadfield, said it had been an honour to serve as chairlady for the last two years and had enjoyed making new friends along the way. She wished the new committee every success for the coming year.
The meeting was well attended and it was a pleasure to have the company of the Choir President, Dr. Simon Hancock who congratulated the choir on the work they have carried out in the community and for local charities. Dr. Hancock wished the choir well for the forthcoming year and a special mention was made for continued success as the choir enters its 40th year in 2017.
At the end of the meeting Janet Knight presented the Waterford crystal bowl for safekeeping to the outgoing Chairlady, Noreen Hadfield. The bowl was given to the choir during its 1997 tour to Ireland for their performance at the Waterford factory.
For information regarding the choir visit www.neylandladieschoir.weebly.com
Attendance figures for last term remained high even though we had some glorious summer evenings when we were competing with other activities within the town and the ever popular jumping off the pontoon! This year the admittance of new Year 6 members was staggered, they were not allowed in until they had reached their 11th birthday and I think this was one of the reasons our attendance remained high. We also have a great outside area where members can sit and relax on picnic benches purchased with the Neyland Town Council Development Grant , or take part in sports activities. A group of young people and their tutor from Milford Haven Youth Matters based in Milford Haven Youth Club very kindly came along and assembled the benches for us.
Sessions this term included ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’, where members had to eat bugs, put their hands in slime, identify revolting looking foodstuffs etc in order to win vouchers to spend in the Tuck Shop. We held a tea party for the Queen’s 90th birthday, an American Thanksgiving themed night with food, quiz and games, held a Treasure Hunt, ran a sweepstake for the Euro 2016 Football championship and glass painting.
We received money from the Mayor’s Fund which has enabled us to buy some new sports equipment for use inside and outside the club. Cllr Mrs Margaret Brace made a visit to our Youth Forum meeting where she presented us with a cheque for £400, this was from fund raising events held during her term of office.
Neyland Youth Club
Tel no: 01437 775471 Opening Times for Year 7 and above From September 2016
Day 5.00pm – 6.30pm 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Monday After School Club Youth Club
Tuesday Alternative weeks :Youth Forum or Girls Group (Year 8 and above) Youth Club
4.30pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday Youth Club Closed
On 14 July I received my PhD in History from Cardiff University after 6 years on this course. My thesis is The Social History of the First World War in Pembrokeshire. This 106,000 word study reflects the lives of the 89,000 or so inhabitants during our first total war.
Some photos and videos from Neyland Carnival on 9th July 2016 – details of winners of prizes etc are on the Western Telegraph website
The 22nd Songs of Praise celebration was held at the Hotel Gardens, Brunel Quay Neyland last Sunday afternoon and was well attended despite a short spell of rain. The event was originally held in 1995 and is organised by Churches Together in Neyland. Only three times has it had to be held indoors on account of bad weather.
Eight rousing hymns were sung and the Mayor of Neyland Councillor Simon Hancock said “The Neyland Ladies Choir. Haverfordwest Male voice Choir and Milford Haven Town Band were all in fine form. Sincere thanks to the musical directors, accompanists, representatives of all the various churches and all who helped in any way to support this much-loved event.”