Len Mullins
01437 775387
12th May, 2016

Neyland Community SchoolNeyland Community School is one of four schools in the county to receive a Partnership Working Award from the Family Information Service (FIS).

To win the award the school had to satisfy a number of criteria including promoting the FIS through presentations and meetings.
Neyland School’s family liaison officer, TJ Stables (left) is pictured with pupils Megan Lewis, Anais Phillips and Sara Llewellyn with family information officer, Laura Richards.

For further information contact: Len Mullins, Press and Public Relations Manager, on 01437 775387. The Council’s press releases are also available on the Authority’s website:

Neyland Youth Club News Spring Term 2016

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At the end of last term Neyland Youth Forum raised £103 for H.O.P.E. Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre by having fund raising tables at two school Christmas Fairs.  Originally the money was to be split between the youth club and H.O.P.E. but members voted to donate the whole amount to the charity.This term the Youth Forum successfully applied for funding for garden plants, including bedding plants for the area at Police’s Bank in High Street. They will be planting the flowers in June with help from Neyland Town Councillor Mrs Judith Wilson.
Here are just a few examples of the sessions we have had:
Pembrokeshire People First facilitated a Hate Crime Workshop for members, followed by a question and answer session.
St David’s Day we had cawl, bara brith and a Welsh themed quiz.
Chinese New Year we made bunting, coloured Year of the Monkey pictures and had a rice eating competition.
Pancake Day we lost count of the number of pancakes that were made …… and eaten!
Boogle has now taken over from Scrabble as the most popular board game.
A Easter Egg Hunt on the last day of term.

Baking continues to very popular, we have continued this activity on a weekly basis with members making Marmalade Cake, Victoria Sandwich and Gingerbread Biscuits to name just a few. A very popular activity that all members took part in was a Cup Cake decorating competition.

The Beauty Saloon is a hit with the girls where they regularly wash and style each other’s hair.

NEW FOR THIS TERM – A Year 6 After School Club running on a Wednesday between 4.30 and 6.00. Members need to have had their 11th birthday before they can attend.  Entry is free.

New Eco-Friendly Haven Pod to provide unique accommodation in Wales

DSCF3942 IMG_8433Neyland Yacht Haven has launched a new Haven Pod cabin-style lodge which takes the phrase “waterfront accommodation” to a new level.

The cabin-style lodge floats on the water in the marina surrounding by boats and the stunning Pembrokeshire National Park. The eco-friendly cabin, which sleeps two adults and two children, is built from ethically-sourced balau and cedar wood, floating on up-cycled pontoons and finished with Fair Trade products.

The pod itself has all the amenities families would need from a self-catered accommodation including a kitchenette and kitchen essentials, a dining table and chairs, TV, sofa, Wi-Fi and a stunning private terrace.

Marina Manager James Cotton described his delight at the opening of the Haven Pod saying, “It has been a six month project from start to finish so it is a great to see the eco-friendly lodge open for guests. The appearance of the cabin is very unique so we’ve had a lot of curious onlookers while the finishing touches have been made!”

The Haven Pod is open for bookings with prices per night starting from £60 during the summer months. For more information, visit or call 01646 601601.

Editor’s notes

Contact James Cotton at Neyland Yacht Haven for further information or high res images. Email or call 01646 601601

Address: Neyland Yacht Haven, Brunel Quay, Neyland, Pembrokeshire, SA73 1PY

About Neyland Yacht Haven

Located within the coastal Pembrokeshire National Park, Neyland Yacht Haven offers marina berths for over 400 boats.

The marina offers free parking, a chandlery, convenience, bike hire, and food and drinks at the popular Bar Restaurant.

See for more details

Gym opening hours extended

The opening hours of the gym at the Athletics Club have been extended. I know a number of
members have been after this for sometime and I do apologies for the delay.

The Gym will now be open from 05:30 every morning and will continue to close at the same time (22:00).









Sinead’s Poem (youth club)

We held a poetry competition at the club when the World Cup Rugby was on, the winner was Sinead

Brickle , one of our Year 7 members.

The light blue sea shimmers in the sun
The smells of Kebabs, Chineses
The children playing underneath the street lights
Boats arriving in the harbour
The ghost of Brunel is hunting the railway
To see if another train will ever arrive
The trees shaking in fear
All the leaves floating onto the floor
At night the stars shine like fairy lights hanging from the ceiling
Screams coming from houses “Come on Wales”

November 200 club

November Winners are as follows:—-

£25   Colin Welham
£15   Russell James
£10   Maz
Gardner       (153)

Many thanks for passing this on. Our Christmas draw for
£500 is going to be
held Friday 11th December when we will also be having our
Presentation Night and
Christmas Raffle for which tickets are still available from
Club members.

Neyland Youth Club

This term Youth Club members have enjoyed participating in a wide range of activities.

In October we worked on our garden, laying new bark and topsoil. Youth workers Gareth and Kevin, together with a small group of young people attempted to put the picnic benches together that Neyland Town Council had bought us. Not as easy as it sounds, the predrilled holes didn’t line up and the dark nights set in too quickly – we will continue with the outside work in the Spring.

assembling benches
Attempting to put the picnic benches together that Neyland Town Council had bought us

youthclub2During the Rugby World Cup we ran a sweepstake – the winner Brogan Cole won a bag full of goodies from the tuck shop. Gareth also ran a Rugby Tournament on the PS3, this proved so popular that we have continued with cricket, football and are currently running ‘Star in a Really Fast Car’. PCSO Paul Mayhew visited the club giving a talk and information on the dangers of getting into a car with someone who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Nicole Power and Chloe Thomas took part in the Pembrokeshire Youth Bake Off, it took place in Pembroke Dock youth club .Three clubs entered with members baking and decorating a chocolate sponge with a Halloween theme. Baking has become very popular in the club with Year 9 baking on Mondays and Year 7 & 8 on Tuesday. We’ve had some delicious sweet treats including doughnuts with home made chocolate sauce, waffles, scones with jam and cream to name just a few.

youthclub3We held an Alcohol Awareness night with members creating some delicious Mocktails, a Quiz Night, Fantastic Food Games, Hakey Sak using a balloon instead of a bean bag, we played boards games almost every session with Scrabble being one of the most popular. We had a Halloween Party where we decorated the club, held a fancy dress competition and ran a selection of games with a spooky feel.

In December we are having a Chocolate Bingo night and also a 2 course Christmas Dinner. Forum members are representing the club at the Town Council Christmas Miscellany, reading a poem and also taking part in St Clements Church Christmas Tree Festival. The Forum had a table at both Neyland Junior School and Sir Thomas Picton Christmas, funds raised are to be divided between the club and HOPE.

This year the club will close on December 9th and not reopen until January 11th. This 4 week break will take place when numbers are at their lowest enabling us to open longer when the nights are light next year.

Patch Charity at Christmas

It’s is only 2 weeks (11th December) until we start sorting toys and
soon after Frame will be delivering. The referrals are coming in fast
now, maybe a little quicker than the toys are. Last year we gave gifts
to over 600 Pembrokeshire Children. Many would not have received any
gifts at all if it wasn’t for the incredible generosity of people like
you. Apart from toys/gifts, books and art material (all new) we do also
need sweets, chocolates,wrapping paper, sticky tape, strong large bags
(bin bag size) and large cardboard boxes.

Harvest time was amazing for us and I’m sure we had more than ever
donated this year. Apologies if I didn’t write to thank you,but we have
been really busy. This October we fed over 1/3 more than the same month
in 2015! This means much of our harvest donations have been used up and
we are desperate for tinned meat meals, tinned cold meats, tinned
potatoes, jars of sauces for pasta and/or rice, packets of noodles and
coffee. We also like to start giving christmasy goodies from the 2nd
week in December. We need help to keep up with running costs. Our
finances are low and we need people to commit to regular giving by
standing order and to gift aid their donations when appropriate.

We will be at Tesco, Milford Haven 10-4 on Saturday 28th November
collecting toys, food & money etc. Please come and say hello to our

We have an amazing raffle with incredible prizes. There is a 5 foot LED
Rudolf outdoor light donated by LLB LED Solutions, Dorian Spenser Davies
prints, Sainsburys Gift Voucher and lot lots more. Only £1 a ticket.
Available at all our bases and the Gwaun Garage in Letterston.

Each base will close for Christmas as follows;-

Saundersfoot, Wednesday 16th December at 1pm

Haverfordwest, 12 noon Friday 18th at 12 noon

Pembroke Dock, Tuesday 22nd December at 12 noon

AND Milford HQ, Wednesday 23rd at 12 noon

We reopen Tuesday 5th January 2015 in Pembroke Dock. Then normal opening

_We are closed on Monday 11th January all day for volunteer training._


Thank you for your continued support



On Saturday 21st November Neyland man, Henry Durrant, presented a cheque for £10,600 to Prostate Cymru at its annual dinner at The Towers Hotel, Port Talbot on behalf of ‘Pembrokeshire Friends of Prostate Cymru’.


During the last week of August Henry undertook the task of running the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path which reflected a distance in excess of a marathon a day. The choice of Prostate Cymru as the designated charity was an easy one for Henry. When his girlfriend’s grandfather passed away 12 months ago, Henry pledged to undertake a fund-raising project in his memory. Ray Williams O.B.E. was a stalwart in the context of Welsh Rugby. A coaching guru, he was recognised internationally for his innovative method and technique. He then became an administrator for the WRU. Just months before his passing he became the first Welshman to receive the Vernon Pugh Award for services to rugby. But Ray also had a passion in local charity work and he became a founder member of ‘Friends of Pembrokeshire Prostate Cymru’.

IMG_0222There were months of preparation prior to the event – including an arduous training regime and the support preparation by the local committee. The week itself was a bit of a ‘mix and match’ in terms of weather conditions with some horrible rain and wind during the first two days. His partner, Katy Griffiths – a Sports Pysiotherapist -lent daily support in terms of massage and regular taping of toes. Additionally all the Pembrokeshire committee members turned out for moral support and manning collection buckets. Special thanks to Judith Griffiths – Ray’s daughter – for much of the pre-planning, and to Ralph Rees, Managing Director of Fred Rees Garage,  for providing the new Skoda Yeti as the ‘support vehicle’ for the week.

IMG_0223The committee would wish to express special thanks to the ‘7 Day Sponsors’ – Dickie Parry, Snowdrop Independent Living, Milford Haven Port Authority, Dunraven Windows, Sue Pile, PRAg, G. D. Harries – and to FBM and the Farmer’s Arms, St. David’s who sponsored an event mid-way through the week, “An Evening with Graham Price”. The former member of the Pontypool and Wales front row reflected on his playing career and thoroughly entertained a ‘full house’ with his anecdotes on his club and national playing days, together with his fond memories of Ray Williams. He was welcomed and introduced by Geoff Williams, Head of BBC Wales Sport.

Henry would wish to thank all those individuals who generously contributed to his target by donating on-line at ‘Run for Ray – Just Giving’. A special thanks to Wendy Bradshaw (St. Ishmaels C.C.), Delyth Summons (Haverforwest RFC and Johnston CC) and Andrew Davies (Neyland AFC) for their hard work in raising substantial amounts.

Asked about the ‘highlight’ of the week, Henry said “everyday brought a new experience with IMG_0226stunning scenery. I met some really nice people en route and made some new pals through the ‘Friends Committee’. I guess if I’m really honest the ‘best bit’ was crossing the finishing line on Sunday (in the rain!) at Little Haven – mission accomplished!! Would like to thank everyone involved and those who supported me by joining in sections of the 186 miles, especially Tom Jackson who ran the first day with me, and Leigh Schvartz, a former house-mate from London, who ran the last two days”.    IMG_0228

Save with SAVEeasy credit union

Come and join SAVEeasy Credit Union and make your money work for you. We are setting up a collection point in the Neyland Athletic Club soon for your convenience. We are also looking for volunteers to do some leafleting locally if anyone is interested. We are happy to give references. Please contact us for further information.’
Thank you, Credit union savings                  Samuel Skuse (Development Officer)