Solva AFC – Players Wanted!

Solva AFC – Players Wanted!

Solva AFC
PLAYERS WANTED FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON 2020/21
We currently have 4 teams: Senior 1st Team, Senior 2nd Team, Under 14’s and Under 12’s
Training has already begun in-line with FAW COVID-19 Guidelines. If you or your child are interested contact solvaafc@gmail.com or message through Facebook or Twitter

Solva Care is Hiring

Solva Care is Hiring

Would you be interested in helping Solva Care extend its work In the local community? The Solva Care Trustees are looking
for a person with good local knowledge and an interest in helping and supporting our community. We have funding to
Appoint an Activities Assistant to work with our Solva Care Co-ordinator on our projects. The role will also involve
developing a programme of leisure and recreational activities to interest and involve people in our community.                    Good knowledge of IT and the ability to organise digital training will be an important part of the post.
Salary: £12 per hour – hours: maximum 46 hours a month –  location: Solva § closing date for applications: 16 October 2020 –  expected start date: Nov 2020
For a full job description, please contact Solva Care Finance Officer Bruce Payne by emailing brucepayne241@gmail.com or calling 07890 987 259. Or, for an informal chat, contact Trustee Board Chair Mollie Roach by email on alanmollie@btinternet.com or by calling 01437 729 052. For more details of Solva Care, take a look at our website: solvacare.co.uk and Twitter and Facebook pages.

Solva Surgery Coronavirus Update

Solva Surgery Coronavirus Update

The surgery is now operating a full telephone triage service. If you have a medical query and would like to speak to a Doctor or Nurse please telephone the surgery on 01437 721306 and you will be added to their telephone list. You will be asked for the details of your query which is very important in order for us to prioritise your query.
All queries will be dealt with over the telephone. We also have facilities for video consultations.
If the doctor needs to see you in order to treat you then they will provide full instructions of when to attend the surgery and what to do when you attend the surgery.
Please do not attend the surgery without speaking to the doctor first. Patients can also contact the practice by “E-consult” which they can access via our website https://solvasurgery.gpsurgery.net.
This is an online consultation service that links the patient to the GP. The patient just needs to fill out a simple form to get advice and treatment by the end of the next working day. It also allows the patient to access self-care, pharmacy and can signpost to local self-referral services.

Investors in Carers Award for Shalom House

Investors in Carers Award for Shalom House

Shalom House in St Davids, Pembrokeshire has been recognised for its commitment to and support for carers and their families. Shalom House, a specialist palliative care establishment caring for people with life limiting illness and their carers has achieved the Investors in Carers Bronze Level award; a scheme which is delivered by Hywel Dda University Health Board and supported by its local authority and third sector partners in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.
Elaine Lorton, Pembrokeshire County Director for the Health Board said, “It is so positive to be able to recognise the significant role our third sector partners play in supporting carers across Pembrokeshire. Shalom House is the first such organisation to attain this recognition and this demonstrates their dedication and commitment.”

Mount Farm Milk – latest delivery

Mount Farm Milk – latest delivery

The Mount Farm’s fresh milk initiative, in partnership with Solva Community Council, has caught the imagination of the village and a number of tourists too. In the short period that the Top Shop Milking Parlour has been open already a considerable saving in single use plastic cartons has been achieved – probably a skip full!
Lyndsey Richards from Mount Farm is delighted that locals are opting for a local, sustainable milk over alternatives with a huge carbon footprint – she says that this is a great example of the community working together with a local supplier to the benefit of everyone. We are making huge strides to meet the objectives of our emergency climate declaration. Keep buying the milk! It’s great value at £1 per litre and, as many of the older residents of the village have said, “It’s just like milk used to be”.

Solva Memorial Hall Reopening Update

Solva Memorial Hall Reopening Update

Extracts from a recent zoom meeting between PAVS, WCVA, Welsh Government and WLGA.
The main topics of discussion were, what was the difference between social and charitable/voluntary activities and the interpretation of the “rule of six”, which has understandably caused some concern amongst hall committees regarding
reopening plans. Things are under review, and the WCVA’s information sheet will not be updated until next week, hopefully it will provide more clarity.
Currently the legislation hasn’t changed and community facilities following all COVID-19 secure guidelines can host more than 6 people in total, but no one should visit or socialise in a group of greater than 6. But ultimately it up to the hall committee to make the decision whether they reopen now, or continue with preparations to re-open at a future date.
With this in mind and until the above clarification has been received Solva Memorial Hall will remain closed, but it is hoped it can be reopened in the next two weeks.

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