Winter works at Neyland Yacht Haven supported by the local community

Winter works at Neyland Yacht Haven supported by the local

This winter, Neyland Yacht Haven undertook essential
maintenance work by repiling 60 pontoon piles in their Upper

A marina survey, undertaken last autumn, identified that the
pontoon piles had reached the end of their natural life span
and required replacing. Working with Falmouth Divers and
Williams Shipping, old piles were removed and new 25m piles
were installed over an 8 week period at the start of 2017.

A wide range of local companies aided the work by offering
staff, services and support to the marina and affected berth
holders. Dale Sailing, East Llanion boatyard and Milford
Marina offered winter storage to boat owners while a range
of local marine companies supported the work including
Granger Tubolt Ltd and Cleddau Marine. Beggars Reach B&B
also provided accommodation for the 7 staff who resided in
the area during the project.

The project was successfully finished on time in the first
week of March allowing berth holders to return to the Upper
Basin well in advance of the new sailing season.

Neyland Yacht Haven extend their warmest thanks to everyone
involved with the project, to the local community for their
rallying support and, most importantly, to our berth holders
for their assistance and cooperation. All the team at the
marina are now looking forward to swapping their hard hats
and high-vis jackets, for sun caps and life jackets as the
sailing season fast approaches.

The project in numbers:

*         8 weeks from start to finish
*         11 staff involved on-site
*         3.2 tonnes – the weight of each pile
*         60 piles removed
*         60 piles towed into position and installed
*         138 tonnes – the weight of the barge which removed and fitted each pile
*         480 feet of scaffold tubing required
*         660 feet of rope used to attach finger pontoons together
*         200 metres of pontoon to remove and reinstall
*         Over 3520 man hours from start to finish

Rain Fails to Dampen Pembrokeshire (Neyland) Duathlon

The tenth Pembrokshire Duathalon, a 5 kilometre run, 20 km bicycle race and 2.5km  started from Brunel Quay, Neyland last Sunday morning. Despite heavy rain early on some 115 people lined up on the start line and the standard of the race was said to be excellent and one of the best seen. The race was officially started by the Mayor of Neyland, Dr Simon Hancock who wished the runners well. The entrants raised £300 for PATCH plus donations of foodstuffs.  The first to come in was David Cole of the Cycle Specific team with a time of 59 minutes and 52 seconds. The race organisers wish to thank Neyland Yacht Club, St John’s Ambulance and the race sponsors for what was a very successful competition.

Childhood Memories inspire Memorial Bench

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..

Cawl and Pancake lunch – St Clements Hall, Neyland

Just to remind you that on Shrove Tuesday  (February 28th!) we are holding a Cawl and Pancake lunch at St Clement’s Hall, from 12 noon.
Just £7 for a a delicious bowl of home-made cawl, followed by tasty pancakes.
Why not round up a few friends, book a table, and make an occasion of it?
Booking is essential so please reply to this email, or phone me on 01646 602464, with numbers.
All proceeds to the hall refurbishment fund!

Neyland Youth Club News







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 Helps Locals Get Their Sea Legs

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.’

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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