Pembrokeshire Soup Report!

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    On Saturday 5th October Pembroke Soup  event was well supported  in Pembroke Town Hall. At these events 4 local community projects are given 5 minutes to tell everyone what they do, how they do it and perhaps what help they need. And people enjoyed delicious donated home-made soups, which are becoming legendary! The four pounds entrance money goes to groups seeking funding, according to a silent vote.

    TERRY MORRIS SPOKE ABOUT THE THREE AMIGOS, whom many people have seen or heard as they go around the county on their annual Christmas toy run and Easter egg run. The bikes are decorated and it is a real spectacle as hundreds of bikers set of on their journey from Pembroke Commons car park. (This year on the 7th December). Following Pembroke Soup, two new collection points for toys have made – one in Pembroke Town Hall and the other in Pembroke Foundry House Community Centre .Look out for the bright boxes! For hygiene reasons the children who are often poorly, need to have NEW presents UNWRAPPED as the nurses will select and wrap according to the children’s needs. However not only do these amazing bikers do their regular toy and Easter egg runs, some riders also have set up “Pembrokeshire blood bikes” and they will deliver blood products for the hospital services. Many other projects are run by them too to help children with disabilities in the county. If you would like to support them, please donate to the toy run collection or come to the Christmas Pembroke Soup on 23rd November at Pembroke Town Hall 12.00 to 2.00pm, when all funds from this event will be donated to their charity to support this other charitable work Further information will be shared along with an opportunity to see some of the riders’ bikes!

    Joan Marsh then spoke about Pembroke St Oswald’s Community Garden which is open every Thursday and other dates as advertised for community events. The garden is available to use or to just simply enjoy. Lots of volunteer hours have been put in to make the garden bloom attract butterflies and bees. Many plants and two green houses have been donated. The garden is seeking funding to help complete the expensive toughened glass on the greenhouses which will make them safe, secure and functional within the garden. Monies raised to date have paid for a roof and one side but more is still needed to complete them both. Garden benches are also wanted to encourage people to come in, read, relax, draw etc. This year children have enjoyed painting pebbles, barbecues have been held with musicians playing. A community event with soup, apple pie, children’s activities and music and dance is planned for a harvest celebration on the 19th October 12.00 to 3.00pm. All welcome (the community garden is through the Town wall at the back of Foundry House, down on the Commons)
    Emma Lewis spoke about a newly launched car share scheme “TAKE ME TOO”. This has been set up through PACTO (Pembrokeshire Association of Community Transport Organisations.) This group helps people and groups who don’t have access to their own transport and who don’t have or cannot use conventional public transport. Pacto already run “Bus Buddies”, provides help with Dial a Ride and hospital transport. Their new scheme Take Me Too can be found on line at http://www.pacto.org.uk. ( or by phone). This new scheme matches people who need a lift who would like to share a lift, with some-one who is going their way. They aim to help build communities by putting people in touch with each other to share lifts and help make better use of all the car journeys made every day in Pembrokeshire with empty seats going spare. There is a pre – agreed standard petrol share per mile of 20p . Checks are made to ensure that drivers are insured and the vehicle passed  an MOT etc. To find out more or to register on this scheme or any of the other brilliant transport schemes run through PACTO go to http://www.pacto.org.uk or by phone 01437 775033 or 07553 500400.
    Lee Levesley spoke about PEMBROKE JOB CLUB run by Communities for Work and funded by DWP, Welsh Gov, and EU social fund. Lee wasn’t seeking funding but wants to reach out to more who can be helped to get training or find work through the job club. She explained that the Job Club is held each  9.15 to 11.30 am Wednesday morning at Foundry House Pembroke; 9.15 to 11.30 am at Pennar community centre; Thursday 9.15 to 11..30 am at Monkton Community Hall, Back Terrace. People can just drop in at any of the sessions without the need for an appointment. There is help with IT for those who may struggle with use or access to this. Lee spoke of the Job Club particularly seeking to help those who lack confidence /experience in seeking work or who from health or life experiences, feel nervous about their abilities and how to go about job hunting. Help can be given with gaining work experience and training! Lee urged people to share about this Job Club and let others know of the support available- it really can help by restoring people’s confidence!!

    The soup event ended after people chatted over wonderful home-made soup and bread donated by the local Co-op. St Oswalds Community Garden was to receive £170 which will be used to progress the green houses.

    THE NEXT PEMBROKS SOUP IS THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL AND ALL OF THE 15 COMMUNITY PROJECTS WHO HAVE SPOKEN DURING THE YEAR ARE INVITED TO HAVE A TABLE.TO SHARE ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT.  JUST ONE GROUP WILL FEATURE AND THIS IS THE THREE AMIGOS. IT WILL BE AT PEMBROKE TOWN HALL ON SATURDAY 23RD NOVEMBER FROM 12.00 TO 2.00PM WITH ENTRY £4.00 – ALL PROCEEDINGS WILL BE DONATED TO THE WORK OF THE THREE AMIGOS AND BLOOD BIKES.

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