Cwtch Boxes

Cwtch Boxes

The scheme was launched by Gwyn Price of Bay View Stores and Sam Ellison, of I Love Solva, to cheer people up and let them know they are appreciated. It has been a huge success. The boxes are given free of charge to nominated people in the
community who may be struggling financially, tired as they’re a key worker or work for the NHS, or others who may just need a little pick-me-up. Nominations can be submitted to Bay View Stores via their Facebook messenger. To date Bay View
Stores, along with a dedicated team, have delivered over 250 Cwtch boxes of food to members of our community and surrounding area. But they need your help to keep it going:
• You can make a monetary donation and we will use this to buy items. (Please message on Facebook or pop into Bay View    Stores)
• You can donate food items into our food pod next to the shop.
• You can nominate someone who needs/deserves a Cwtch Box.
Every donation means that we can carry on doing what we are doing and helping those who need it.
A huge thank you also needs to go to Richard at Whitesands Beach House, Sam and our Tetris box packing queen Jane, plus the other companies that have been involved. Not forgetting Gwyn!

Solva Duck Race – August

Solva Duck Race – August

It is still on the cards for the world-famous race to take place on Sunday 30 August, starting at 3pm when the ducks are encouraged to enter Solva river. Obviously, due to current circumstances nothing is final, so please look out for further updates.

St Davids & Solva Surgeries – PLEASE NOTE

St Davids & Solva Surgeries – PLEASE NOTE

Although the Surgery doors are locked, GP Practices are still open for business, and if patients have any symptoms that they are worried about, especially if it could be cancer, they should contact their GP straight away. We acknowledge that patients may be concerned about the risk of contracting COVID-19, but please be assured that we are offering mainly consultations by telephone, video or our new eConsult service during the pandemic – and patients will only be asked to attend the surgery for an appointment or test where it is necessary and where it is safe to do so. Please see the Practice websites for details of the new eConsult service. Also, Solva Surgery prescription collection times have changed to afternoon’s between 2pm and 5pm. Keep Safe, Stay Home.

Scarecrow Trail – August

Scarecrow Trail – August

It is still hoped to hold the scarecrow trail (2-3 August 2020), as it is outdoors and people could be encouraged to go round in family groups and keep social distancing.
If you wish to build a scarecrow please contact Fran Barker with the title of your scarecrow at or phone 01437 731164 or 07377 059365.
The theme is Children’s Book Titles or Characters. Depending on the ever changing Covid-19 circumstances the event may be moved to later in August. Watch this space for updates!

Solva Blog

Solva Blog

If you haven’t checked out the Solva Blog yet, please do so at:

There are poems, stories, photos, a quiz and ideas of activities plus Ian McDonald’s “Long John Solva” pirate cartoons. Contributions are always welcome!
Its all thanks to Lesley, Lena, Ania and Kelly, who set it up and run it.

Edge Festival 2021

Edge Festival 2021

As most of you will know, the Edge Festival has been postponed until 2021. The dates for your diary are now Friday 30, Saturday 31 and Sunday 1 August 2021 and we can’t wait!
We have been really pleased with the support we have received for making this difficult decision but as we all now know, there was no other option. Thank you to our committee for making the decision. Thank you to all the bands and other performers for agreeing to perform at the 2021 festival and rolling over the deposits we have paid.

Thank you to our major suppliers of the stage, first aid and security for doing the same. Thanks to those who bought Early Bird
tickets and the stall holders. It’s because of all these many people and small businesses that we will be able to have an Edge Festival in 2021. Inevitably, we have some financial challenges and although we have applied for grants, we have yet to receive anything. If you would like to make a donation to help support us, please drop us a line at



A NHS worker shielding from the coronavirus outbreak has hailed the help of the Pembrokeshire Community Hub and urged anyone needing assistance to get in touch.

The Community Hub, set up by Pembrokeshire County Council and partners, is a one stop shop for support during the pandemic and has already helped thousands of County residents.

Among them is Sarah Thorne of Milford Haven.

When Covid-19 arrived in the UK, Sarah and her NHS colleagues prepared to roll up their sleeves and do what they do best – look after people.

But Sarah, aged 42, has a long-term health condition requiring medication that leaves her immune compromised.

“When the government’s ‘shielding’ letter landed on my doorstep, my heart sank,” said Sarah.

“I was fully prepared to help everyone that needed me, but suddenly I was faced with seeking help from others just to be able to undertake mundane aspects of daily living. I found it embarrassing to ask.”

Sarah reluctantly called the Pembrokeshire Community Hub, preparing herself to be told she didn’t qualify.

“I don’t look ill, or very old, or appear to be the ‘typical’ person you would expect to need help.

“But I was wrong. Within minutes, with no judgement whatsoever, my details were taken and my specific needs noted. I was encouraged to call again, anytime, just for a chat if I wanted because we all need to reach out.

“A few hours later and I had a fabulous and reliable dog walker in place, and my dog loves him so much I think she’s going to move in with him!

“Volunteers called to offer assistance with things like shopping and prescriptions, and just to check I was doing okay. The sense of relief was overwhelming.

Several mornings later a van pulled up outside Sarah’s home, delivering a large and unexpected box.

Inside was a huge selection of essentials including fresh and non-perishable food, toiletries and toilet roll.

“The items may not have been what I would pick myself when out shopping, but as I sat down to eat, I realised this box is a hug.

“A hug from my friends and local community when I cannot see anyone.”

Sarah is now urging anyone who needs assistance to contact the Community Hub.

“I’m not elderly, frail, a single parent or visibly have any difficulties but I still need help.

“It’s not about whether you deserve it, or if you can wait, or eek out your resources, or you feel just fine right now.

“This is about your community coming together to support you because they want to and because you’re worth it.

“No one is more or less eligible, we’re in this together. So call the Hub, let them help you too, you won’t regret it.”

Tessa Hodgson, Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Social Services, said:  “I am delighted the hard work of the Community Hub is continuing to be recognised.

“This lovely story also goes to show that there are people out there who still might not be sure if the Hub is for them or can help them.

“Please help spread the word of the work of the Hub and the message is clear – please, if you need assistance, get in touch and we will do everything we can to help.”

The Community Hub can be contacted via email on or by calling 01437 776301.

More details on the Hub are at:



Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson, has provided a further coronavirus update for Tuesday, 5th May, as follows:

Today is Day 42 of lockdown. Everyone should be proud of their achievements by staying at home and staying safe. Thank you.

It has been a very odd period in all our lives, totally unprecedented. It has made us ask many questions about ourselves and our resolve while recognising the way we have had to adapt and our ability to change.

We have managed to rally together to support each other and achieved something we should all be proud of.

Each day we hear stories of volunteers delivering parcels, people supporting each other in the communities and making PPE for care and NHS workers. Everything that you are all doing is strengthening our communities and I thank you.

I have highlighted previously that the Council has set up a Provider Hub. This newly-formed team continue to support the care providers and ensure that care and support workers are protected as much as possible during the Covid-19 outbreak.

I want to thank this team. I trust their work reassures care home and domiciliary care providers, care staff, families and, most importantly, those receiving care. I know the Authority is working hard to provide this extra support in what is a testing time for all.

The care providers will have full contact details for the Provider Hub, so if you have any issues or queries please contact the hub so we can assist and give advice as required.

With the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday, I want to remind everyone that on that important day we are still in lockdown. Unfortunately we are unable to celebrate as we would normally.

As we continue to be in lockdown the stay-at-home rules still apply. Follow the celebrations on line or on television but please if you are going to join in the sing-along in the evening, remember that social distancing still applies.

Finally I want to thank the town and community councils across the county that are keeping their residents up to date on matters by sharing our social media posts and press releases.

This is much appreciated as it is important to convey the information to the widest possible audience.

Stay at home, stay safe and please ensure we all work together to save lives.

The following press releases have been issued since my update yesterday:

 ·         NHS Worker Helped By Community Hub:

 ·         Free Online Resources Available At Libraries:

Public Health Wales is updating and adding to their resources regularly.  Please find all assets here:

Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at:

And to get daily email updates, log onto our website and sign into My Account at:

Don’t risk catching or spreading the virus, why risk it?  Remember: Stay Strong, Stay Safe and Stay at Home. Thank you.’

Useful links:

Affordable Housing Survey by the Solva Community Land Trust

Affordable Housing Survey by the Solva Community Land Trust

Did you know that the electoral ward of Solva and Brawdy has been identified by Pembrokeshire County Council as an area in need of housing? And that a Community Land Trust, called Solva CLT, has been set up by Solva Community Council to take a community housing project forward to meet that need?

The new houses would be for the current residents and future generations of Solva and Brawdy. They would be environmentally friendly, affordable to rent, and looked after by the CLT in partnership with a not-for-profit housing association.

Solva CLT has already run two discussion groups about the project and would now like to hear from more people living in Solva and Brawdy. An online survey has been launched which we would like as many people to complete as possible. If you would like to express your views, and interest in, this exciting project, please complete the confidential survey:

If you would like any further information about Sova CLT or the survey, please contact Sue Denman on or Ifor Thomas on

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