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New school for Johnston Fishing boat towed to safety

Fighting the weather: The RNLI crew towed the fishing boat LIFEBOAT crews from Tenby

Headteacher Mr Gareth Thomas: Outside the new Johnston CP School with all members of the School Council THE NEW YEAR has seen

Headteacher Mr Gareth Thomas

the launch of a new chapter for education in Johnston, with the opening of a £6.4 million primary school in the village. The new Johnston CP School at

Langford Road opened its doors to pupils last week, on Thursday, January 5, replacing the old school building at Cranham Park. It will cater for 210 full-time

pupils as well as providing nursery facilities and a Learning Resource Centre (LRC) which will cater for up to 20 children with complex or additional needs.

said the new school was a late Christmas present for pupils – and something which the children and community richly deserve. “The children all walked in

completely awestruck by the new facilities, and yet within just a couple of days they have settled in really well and it feels like we’ve been here forever!” he said. “The building is having a positive

effect on their learning and their behaviour, and the new facilities are enhancing their experience right throughout the day. We have space to

breathe and space to grow.” He added that parents of new

pupils attending the LRC were delighted with the facilities and the welcome given to them by the new staff. Johnston is the third new school

to open in Pembrokeshire in the last few months and was funded jointly by Pembrokeshire County Council and the Welsh Government under the 21st Century Schools Programme. As well as the infant and junior

classrooms, early years unit and LRC, there is a technology room, library, plant room, hall and kitchen. The outdoor spaces includes learning, social and play areas and a multi-use games area – with some facilities accessible to the community out of school hours. The development also includes a new footpath and crossing to link with the existing footpath on Langford Road. The school was designed by Pembrokeshire County Council’s in- house design team and constructed by West Wales contractor W.B.Griffiths and Son, who completed the build in October 2016. The design philosophy behind

the building was to provide a spacious, light-filled and naturally ventilated school, with the intention of also reducing the long-term energy consumption of the building. The building services have been designed to keep energy consumption to a minimum and to provide energy- monitoring facilities for the building users, as well as providing free, ‘green’ electricity for the running of the school via the photovoltaics.

and Burry Port were on hand last week when a fishing vessel ran into difficulties near Burry Holms. Tenby’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat

launched at 4.40pm on January 3, following a report that a vessel was in difficulty near Burry Holms. The seven metre fishing vessel,

with two persons aboard, had been on passage from Swansea to Milford Haven when they started to struggle to make headway against the wind and tide.

The volunteer crew made best speed toward the vessel’s last reported

position, 15 miles east of Tenby. Burry Port RNLI’s Atlantic 75

vessel, ‘Leicester Challenge II’, was also launched, crewed by Lee Howells, Rob Davies and Nathan Gower, and quickly headed for the area. On arrival, the casualty vessel

was located one mile north-west of Burry Holms and the skipper of the casualty vessel requested a tow to Tenby. The vessel was taken in tow by the Tenby lifeboat, and on arrival at Tenby harbour some two hours later, the vessel made its own way into the harbour and was moored safely alongside.

Family life ‘work in progress’ for thief A YOUNG man from Milford

Haven has been left to make amends with his family after stealing his sister’s boyfriend’s Apple watch to sell on Facebook. 18-year-old Ieuan Lloyd, of

Charles Street, appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (Dec 10) and pleaded guilty to theft, as well as fraud by false representation. Prosecuting, Vaughan Pritchard-

Jones told the court that the watch was owned by Lloyd’s sister’s boyfriend and it had been left in the defendant’s sister’s room on October 21, 2016. The defendant had been ‘allowed’

into the house and went into his sister’s room while she was not there. When she returned home later that

day, she realised that the watch was missing. Enquiries were made and the watch was found for sale on Facebook. Mr Pritchard-Jones added that a

man had responded to Lloyd’s listing and had met up with the defendant to purchase the watch for £80. The watch was recovered, but the

man who bought the stolen item was not reimbursed by Lloyd. Jonathan Webb, defending Lloyd,

said that the defendant had found himself in a situation where he had little money at the time. He had been kicked out by his then

girlfriend and temptation got the better of him when he saw the watch. Mr Webb told the court that Lloyd

now finds himself in a ‘different place’ with a new partner, stating: “He’s 18 and looking for work or a new career path.”

Magistrates said that this was not a

‘very nice thing to do’ and commented that it was unlikely that Lloyd’s family would trust him because of it. The defendant replied: “I’ve seen

mam since and tried to make amends. It’s a work in progress at the moment.” The bench issued a conditional

discharge, which will last 12 months. Lloyd will also pay £85 in prosecution costs, a £20 victim surcharge and £80 compensation to the man who bought the watch from him.

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