Choice Homes Partnership

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.


Rachel Knight

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
01437 776556

Free, person-centred, confidential service for persons and families across Pembrokeshire launched

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.

A precept of £60 per household agreed!

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.’

Neyland Ladies Choir

choirhandoverAt 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

Neyland Youth Club Summer Term 2016

1 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.

2Sessions 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.

3We 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.

N4eyland 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

PhD received

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.

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Songs of Praise

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.”

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Neyland Civic Service Sunday 17 July 2016 12 Noon

The above civic service will be held on Sunday at 12.00 noon at St Clement’s Church, Neyland to mark the election of Cllr Simon Hancock as mayor of the town.

A warm invitation is extended to everyone to attend the church service which will be conducted by the Rev Alan Chadwick.

The collection will be in aid of the mayoral charities, Neyland Brownies, St Clement’s Church Hall Fund and Shalom House.

Shelter Cymru

We are arranging a joint
steering group and Networking Event for all our partners in
Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.  The event will give
us the opportunity to tell you how the project is performing
and give you all a chance to Network
and feedback.  The Event will start at 10:30 at the
Queens Hall in Narberth and lunch will be provided.  We
anticipate that the event will end at 1pm.  There will
be an opportunity to have a stall to showcase your own
projects/work you do.  Please let me know
if you would be interested in attending and also if you
would like a stall so that we can make the appropriate

Please also find attached our surgery calendar for May – July 2016 – please feel
free to share this with any of your contacts.

Kind Regards,

Leanne Atkinson

Cyngor 50+ Project Administrator
Gweinyddwr Prosiect

Shelter Cymru Llanelli

T:  01554 899371

Pembs Dates May – July 16 [WORD document]

Neyland Football News

The Neyland Under 8s won in the Tenby Soccer 7s today

Leo Power was Man of The Match in the final and Ben Phillips scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win over Pennar.  It’s the 1st time a Neyland team has won a Tenby Tournament.

Final Grant Applications Submitted (Community Hub)

After an exhaustive few months our work is done and it’s
a case of sit back and see…….

The team have worked flat out over the last few months and
both of the applications submitted in recent weeks have
consisted of thousands of pages of reports, financials
appraisals, plans, policies and procedures. We hope it will
all be worth it (there is £1,000,000 riding on these two)
but we will know the outcome before the end of this summer
and of course I’ll let you all know how we get on.

We’ve given ourselves the best possible chance of securing this funding. With enabling
works on the site now complete and £800,000 already
committed to the scheme we are confident we’ve put
together two really strong applications. Time will
tell……. If things have gone well, we envisage making a
start on site before the end of this year with the New
Community Hub being up and running early in 2018.