..took place on 21st November. The new building was opened by Cllr Elwyn Morse of the county council and Mr Martin Rees of the Athletic Club and represents £500,000 spend by Pembrokeshire County Council and working in partnership with the local sporting associations it will ensure that local teams will have first-class changing facilities for many years to come.
Choristers and guests, accompanied by Musical Director Lynne Kelleher and Accompanist Jill Williams, recently undertook a successful tour to Sanguinet, France. The tour party was overwhelmed by the welcome extended by Sanguinet’s choir ‘La Voix de Losa’ and the twinning committee. After being greeted at Bordeaux airport by Rachel Tomasini, Sanguinet twinning Chairlady and Maithe Charbonnier, Chairlady of La Voix de Losa, the party prepared for an intense week of concerts, soirees and official visits.
After attending a morning service at St. Sauveur Church the group were invited to meet the Mayor of Sanguinet for an official reception and refreshments, where gifts were exchanged. Noreen Hadfield, choir Chairlady presented the Mayor with a book on the history of Neyland on behalf the author Simon Hancock, Mayor of Neyland and choir president. Later that day the choir received rapturous applause at a concert in the church where the stage was shared with La Voix de Losa and the evening ended with a reception hosted by the French choir.
During the week the party visited Arcachon, Biscarrosse and Bordeaux and, those who were able, climbed the Dune du Pyla the biggest sand dune in Europe. A guide tour of the Museum du Lac, Sanguinet and the lake was rounded off with an open musical evening when choral group ‘Lo Vent de L’Esty’ sang traditional Gascon folk songs
Interesting visits to two vineyards in St Emilion were arranged and the group were able to enjoy seeing the chateaux and the countryside of the Bordeaux region followed by an evening soiree hosted by the Mayor of Sanguinet and the twinning committee with entertainment by the Sanguinet Jazz Band.
The final concert in Biscarrosse Theatre was arranged by the choir ‘Desordre Vocal’ and La Voix de Losa, and Noreen and Trish Campodonic were asked to attend an interview for the local radio station FGL as part of the promotion for the concert. The concert was enjoyed by a packed audience and the evening ended with the three choirs joining together to sing ‘All Through the Night’ in Welsh, English and French. Afterwards a reception was hosted by the choirs when Noreen thanked everyone for the warm welcome extended to the tour party and hoped that the friendships made will last for many years to come.
The hospitality the group received was overwhelming and so much effort had been put in to the planning of the week by both the choir’s tour committee and the contacts in France. The weather was exceptional for the time of year and this could only add to the enjoyment of everyone. Noreen presented the two main contacts, Rachel and Maithe, with copies of Simon’s book by way of thanks for their help in the planning of the visit.
The tour party returned home tired after an exhausting week but with fond memories of a very successful trip to their twin town.
Neyland Youth Club Members, Elleena Duncan and Sequoia Smith, have recently taken part in the ‘Get Cooking’ Competition. They travelled to Port Talbot with Neyland Youth Workers Andrea Evans-Jenkins and Sarah King for the regional finals. This was the fourth time Elleena had entered the competition and Sequoia’s third, each year they have secured first place in the Pembrokeshire heat and for the last three years come runners up in Newtown. In this year’s final the girls won with their two course meal consisting of a Spicy Crab Cakes starter and a main course of Chicken Murg Massalam, Jewelled Cous Cous and home made Tzatziki. The girls did extremely well considering they are both vegetarians but still managed to produced fish and meat dishes cooked to perfection.
On account of yet another fire being started in the paper bank at the recycling centre in the High Street Car park the county council has had to landfill all the contents and removed the paper bank. The fire service was called out. This has happened several times before and on this occasion the cost was £1,656. The bank will not be replaced.
People can still recycle paper through the weekly orange bag collection.
The Annual General Meeting was held on 3rd September and was well attended. Simon Hancock, the choir President, thanked the committee and choir members for inviting him to the AGM and reminded everyone that there was a hint of sadness to the evening as it was almost 10 years to the date since the passing of the choir’s previous President, Lord Gordon Parry and he was honoured to take on the role of his predecessor.
Simon made particular mention of the April visit of the twinning party from Sanguinet and thanked the choir for the support given to these very special celebrations. He then took the opportunity to wish the choir every success in the forthcoming tour to Sanguinet and appreciated the ambassadorial role that the choir would be undertaking on behalf of the town.
In closing Simon mentioned that he was delighted that the choir is to be one of his chosen charities during his Mayoral year of office.
The election of officers for the coming 2 years are as follows:
Chairlady – Noreen Hadfield
Secretary – Joan Leckie
Treasurer – Sheila Griffiths
Assistant Treasurer – Yvonne Byrant.
Outgoing Chairlady, Trish Campodonic was presented with the Waterford Crystal Bowl by the new Chairlady, Noreen Hadfield.
The bowl was presented to the choir during their first tour to Ireland in 1997 when they performed in The Gallery at Waterford Crystal and tradionally has been passed to the outgoing chairlady for safe keeping. (photograph of the presentation attached)
At the meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council’s cabinet on Monday 8 September Councillor Simon Hancock made a statement about the Neyland Youth Club facility. The county council is proposing to close the present building which is in poor condition and relocate the sessions to an alternative location within the town.
Councillor Hancock states:
‘Neyland Youth Club will not be closed down in Easter 2015, nor is it being transferred out of the town. True, the number of sessions are to be reduced to two (the same number as for
Haverfordwest) but this is on account of a 50% drop in the number of young people attending the
Neyland club in just over three years. The number is now down to 116. I am going to fight hard to ensure: The club is being relocated to the PRIDE building near the High Street car park and will be specifically branded as the new youth club. The services offered by the excellent Neyland youth worker staff will be refreshed, and varied and there is a remarketing and re-launch of youth services in the town. If there is increased attendance as a result of the rebranding I have secured the agreement of officers to add an additional session bringing the total up to three.
The old youth club, together with the disused Day Centre and Infants school and the land to the rear present an excellent regeneration possibility for the town of Neyland. The county council is sure to realise a significant amount from any sale. At cabinet I warned my colleagues that if and when that occurred I would be reminding them of further investment in the opportunities for young people in Neyland in the interests of fairness to the community.
Councillor Simon Hancock
11 September 2014
Councillor Simon Hancock welcomes planned improvements to council properties in his ward.
Under Pembrokeshire County Council’s Planned programme of repairs external works, painting, guttering, fascia boards are routinely replaced, repainted or repaired.
Cambrian Road (4 properties)
College park (54)
Riga Avenue (17)
Windsor Gardens (21)
While next year, 2015-16
Brunel Avenue (8)
Riverside Avenue (10)
Sydney Webb Close (2)
The garages in Sydney Webb Close are also due for health and safety works soon.
The Bedroom Tax has had a big impact on Neyland and I am really worried by the people who have been hit hard and are enduring hardship and worry. Figures which I have obtained from the Local Authority show that 22 households in Neyland East Ward, my own ward and 24 in Neyland West have seen a 14 per cent drop in their housing benefit because they are deemed to have one spare bedroom. Those with two spare bedrooms have seen a drop of 25% and this involves 9 households in Neyland East and 6 in Neyland West.
Anyone needing advice or assistance should by all means give me a ring and I will signpost them to appropriate advice. I know that the Revenues Department of the County Council have been incredibly supportive of those seeking answers.
The beautiful wild flower mixture in the flower bed at the top of Frederick Street has attracted a lot of compliments
A special First World War centenary flag and ‘poppy’ bunting is hung outside the Neyland Council Offices on the centenary of the was officially starting on 4 August 1914
The Neyland Carnival held on 13 July was absolutely great. The overcast patchy drizzle did nothing to dampen spirits as hundreds of spectators lined the route from the starting point of the Rose & Willow. It then proceeded down Honeyborough Road, Kensington Road, Riverside Avenue, Promenade, Hish Street and John Street to the Athgletic Club field.
The floats and walking contestants put in so much effort; everything was of the highest quality. The best street went to Harbour Close with their take on the Roaring Twenties.
Here are some of the pics of some of the entries. Huge thanks must go to Malcolm Hawkins and his small band of RAOB brothers for arranging the carnival and everyone agreed it was an outstanding success. The merriment lasted all day and there was no incident or disturbance of the slightest kind.