Faster Broadband for Solva?

Faster Broadband for Solva?

Do you want faster Broadband speeds in Solva? How does 1000 mbps sound!
The Government is asking people to register their interest – to distribute funding to upgrade our Broadband equipment. Basically the more people that register interest in Solva the closer we are to having an upgrade! Please share and encourage everyone to do this, register your interest at:
https://broadband-upgrade-fund.campaign.gov.uk/
This fund is only available to rural premises in Cornwall, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire,Cumbria and Northumberland. Solva DOES qualify as we have speeds of less than 100 mbps, with most properties only receiving less than 20 mbps with regular drop outs and issues!

Milk Scheme

Milk Scheme

The Mount Farm Milk Scheme is now established with every household in Solva being provided with a free one litre milk bottle that can be used over again. This scheme is supported and subsidised by Solva Community Council as part of its green agenda.
If everyone in Solva were to use recyclable bottles then there would be a reduction in single use plastic with huge benefits for our marine environment. Over time the farm will repay the investment that the council has made. So far the response has been hugely positive, so try out the delicious, wholesome milk that comes from a local farm, providing local employment. If you lose or break your free bottle then a replacement can be purchased at Bay View
Stores. If we missed you out, quite possibly as over 400 were dispensed, and you are on the electoral roll, let Ifor Thomas know, 07971 038643, and he will deliver you a bottle! Get the right white stuff for a pound a litre at the self service point outside Bay View Stores.
Thanks to Rob & Lindsey Richards of Mount Farm for making a considerable investment to get this exciting initiative off the ground. To recap! – The milk is £1 a litre or 65p for half a litre. Additional glass bottles can be purchased for £2 with refills only £1.

St Davids & Solva Surgeries – Flu Vaccination Clinics 2020

St Davids & Solva Surgeries – Flu Vaccination Clinics 2020

Both practices are currently busy planning the forthcoming Flu Vaccination clinics which, due to Covid-19, are going to be more challenging than usual to deliver this coming Autumn.
We are still in the planning stage and are currently awaiting further guidance but, in the meantime, we are exploring the possibility of running flu clinics at community venues in St Davids and Solva this year in order to enable vaccination of large numbers of patients under social distancing and infection control requirements.
There will be very specific instructions for patients attending for flu vaccination this autumn – once we have the full details, they will be published on the practice websites in due course:
St Davids Surgery – https://stdavids.gpsurgery.net/
Solva Surgery – https://solvasurgery.gpsurgery.net/
We will also be exploring other ways of getting instructions and information out to patients. We would kindly ask patients to bear with us while we work out the detail and we would hope to have further information for you before too long. Thank you for your co-operation.

Scarecrow Trail 2020 Results

Scarecrow Trail 2020 Results

Over the first weekend in August the 14th annual Scarcrow trail took place. The two day event was a great success, especially with the influx of visitors due to the lifting of the Covid-19 restrictions. Seventy groups competed to explore the village and guess the scarecrow theme names and judge the winners:
Best Scarecrow: No 12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Kitty Bennett)
Cleverest: No 18 Stig of the Dump (Jonathan Higgins)
Funniest: No 6 The Big Friendly Giant (complete with sound effects) (Jackie Young)
The two winners of the guess the scarecrow competition were Sarah Andrews and Libby Hobbs. In the name a scarecrow raffle, four people each day won doll-sized scarecrows, kindly knitted by Mollie Page of the Solva Craft group.
The tie-break question this year was: “ My greatest pleasure since lock-down is…”
The replies reflected how pleased people were to be back in Solva:
“Knowing the real meaning of community”
“Being able to enjoy the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline.”
“Eating Solva Seafood and seeing the Solva sights”.
“Sunset on Whitesand beach with our whole family”
Plus a splendid poem by 7 years old Seb Hobbs:
The sea, the sea, the Solva sea, sea shells along the shore
And there are lots of fish in the sea and sometimes
We have them for our tea, sitting by Solva shore.
I like it here, no more noise, not any more.
Over £580 was raised for Solva Memorial Hall. Thank you to all scarecrow makers, contributors, Bay View Stores, all who took part and especially Chief Scarecrow Fran Barker.
Full list of the scarecrows:
1. Andrew P. Dr Dolittle
2. Natasha Davies The Tiddler
3. Jackie Young James & Giant Peach
4 Lucy Vaughan Room on the Broom
5. Libby Hobbs Harry Potter/Goblet of Fire
5A Judy Wright Tiger who came to Tea Runner up: Best
6. Jackie Young Big Friendly Giant Winner: Funniest
7. Jimmy/Sandra Just William
8. Frazer Nicol Little Mermaid
9. Wells/Andrews Very Hungry Caterpillar
10 Ifor & Gill Lambchop/Flat Stanley
11 Janine & Howard Tintin & Snowy
12 Kitty Bennet Harry Potter/Chamb Secrets Winner: Best
13 Ann Tyler The Worst Witch Runner up: Funniest
14 Lena Dixon Cat in a Hat
15 Mollie Page Red Riding Hood
16 WI/Jane Pascoe Heidi
17 Harbour Inn Pippi Longstocking
18 Jonathan & June Stig of the Dump Winner: Cleverest
19 Terry/Jackie Snowman & Snowdog
20 Peter & Jane Adventures Captain Pugwash
21 Chris & Ellie Peter Pan Runner up: Cleverest
22 Marian Jones Batman
Kitty Bennett wins the 2020 Trophy for Best Scarecrow, with her first entry in the Scarecrow trail.
Winners of the “Guess the Scarecrow Competition
Congratulations to: Sarah Andrews and Libby Hobbs

The Sunny Solva Coffee Morning

The Sunny Solva Coffee Morning

The coffee morning team, with support from Solva Care, is planning to hold an Open Air Coffee Morning in Parc y Capel in early September. Ann and Robin have kindly agreed to provide electricity and the Chapel have allowed us to use the Parc.
Owing to the Covid-19 regulations we will have to observe certain restrictions:
● Social distancing – tables of two, three or four a distance apart.
● We will provide disposable cups but you can bring your own cup/mug if you prefer.
● At the time of writing the regulations limit the number of people who can meet outdoors to 30.
We aim to meet this requirement and will extend the usual time from 11am to 1pm. We know that
some folk prefer to come early and others a bit later, so hope that this works out.
● Unfortunately we cannot bring people in cars but hope that family and friends will be able to
arrange transport for those who need it.
● THE BIG PROBLEM is the weather. The preferred date is Thursday 3 September.
We need a dry, calm day. Sunshine would be a bonus! If the 3 September is not good we will try for
Friday 4, Thursday 10 or Friday 11 September. Phone on the day, if in doubt: 07970 614233 or 07805
717556 or 07779 052234.
● The wearing of a mask is optional.
In spite of all these obligations we want everyone to enjoy an opportunity to come together after almost 6 months. It would be nice to see everyone before the winter! Hope to see you in the Parc!

Post Office’s Local Hero Award

Post Office’s Local Hero Award

Huge congratulations to Postmaster Gwyn Price of Bay View Stores, Solva for being nominated for the Post Office’s Local Hero Award for service to the Community. Gwyn and his team regularly put together “Cwtch Boxes” for deserving members of the community, with items donated from the local community and the shop. During these difficult times, there have been many
inspiring stories of businesses going the extra mile for their community and Gwyn is a fine example of this. The Local Hero category is part of the Post Office’s “We’re Stronger Together” regional awards, which recognise the efforts made by postmasters to keep branches open during the Covid-19 pandemic and by serving their local community. Well done Gwyn and his team.

Solva Care new recruit

Solva Care new recruit

Jessie was appointed Solva Care’s Researcher just before lock down. She has been very busy, organising the successful Merlin Theatre Showcase event which took place in March, finalising the data requirements of our funders, and running our local research group. Importantly, she is our key link with other communities and organisations – sharing ideas and making sure that Solva Care is increasingly involved in the many decisions that affect  us. She is coordinating the “Pembrokeshire Together for Change Project” which is our partnership with PAVS, PLANED and public sector organisations formed to support community groups in the good work they are during COVID-19. Jessie also undertakes voluntary work in Solva. She undertook the Community Land Trust online survey, she is a Welsh speaker and a trained horticulturalist. Good to have you on board Jessie!