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Competition news – advanced notice!

Our 2nd Hayscastle Photographic Competition is now open. The theme is ‘A Celebration of Agriculture in Pembrokeshire’.

This year the competition is open to all current and past residents and for the first time, to all village group members.

Please follow the competition rules for guidance.

The competition will close on Saturday 28th May 2022. All photographs will be viewed by a panel of judges and 12 photographs will be chosen for inclusion in our Hayscastle Calendar 2023. Best of luck everyone. Pob lwc pawb.

We need your help!

The perfect opportunity to meet new friends, connect with the community and make a real difference in our village.

Ruby Wedding Anniversary and 18th Birthdays

Congratulations to Martin and Marilyn Griffiths you recently celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary.

Also, there were parties in the village to celebrate the coming of age of Tomos Reynolds and Charlie Rowe who turned 18 at the beginning over October.

Marriages, birthdays and 5k runs!

It has been a busy few months in Hayscastle with no fewer that 3 weddings! Congratulations to the happy couples:

Mr and Mrs Griffiths (Steven and Daisy)

Mr and Mrs Jenkins (Aled and Ceri)

Mr and Mrs Phillips (Josh and Zoe)

There was also a significant Birthday with Mrs Rhian Phillips celebrating her 80th birthday.

Also, a huge well done to Nia Lewis who has completed a 5k A Day Challenge by walking & jogging a total of 165km and raised £160 for the World Wildlife Fund to help with their efforts to protect our planet from climate change.

New Bus Service in North West Pembs

Transport for Wales is surging ahead with its expansion of the fflecsi bus service to another part of Wales.  

In partnership with Pembrokeshire Voluntary Transport (PVT) and Pembrokeshire County Council, the new service has now launched in North West Pembrokeshire.  

Fflecsi is a semi-scheduled demand responsive bus service that has a fixed start and end destination, but is flexible and can adjust its route to pick-up and drop-off passengers anywhere within that fflecsi zone.

Rather than passengers waiting at a bus stop for a bus to turn up, they can now book a journey in advance using a new app, the fflecsi website or by calling 0300 234 0300.

Passengers are informed where to catch the bus and at what time it will be arriving – the pick-up point will be near the location of the passenger.    

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, said: “Fflecsi is a way of setting up our transport system differently, giving passengers more control over how they get around. 

“The initial signs are that these kind of services are popular. We’ll continue to learn from experiences in other parts of Wales to create efficient, convenient options as part of an integrated public transport system.” 

Through the managed booking system, fflecsi also ensures that all passengers are guaranteed a seat and therefore assists with physical distancing measures. The safety of customers and colleagues is a priority for TfW and this new service ensures safety on public transport.     

James Price, Transport for Wales CEO, said: “fflecsi is a very exciting trial for us as we continue to transform public transport in Wales.  The ongoing covid-19 pandemic has had a direct impact on public transport and as we move forward the safety of our colleagues and customers continues to be our top priority. 

“This new pilot scheme offers us the opportunity to look at a new way of operating public transport and in these current circumstances. 

“We are now running pilot schemes throughout Wales and it’s great to see it expanded to Pembrokeshire.” 

Margaret Vickery, Pembrokeshire Voluntary Transport Chair, added: “Pembrokeshire Voluntary Transport (PVT) is delighted to be working with Transport For Wales (TfW) in a new fflecsi service operating in the St David’s Peninsula. Friendly drivers alongside comfy seating with stunning views of our countryside as passengers travel in brand new buses. We are at the early stages of this service and look forward to it shaping up to meet local needs.” 

County Councillor Phil Baker, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, welcomed the expansion.

“This is a very exciting initiative and I am pleased that we have been able to obtain funding to undertake this pilot project in Pembrokeshire,” he said.

“I am delighted that we have been able to use the knowledge and experience of the Community Transport Sector in Pembrokeshire to drive this service forward. There are a number of communities which have never had access to a public bus service but now they will.” 

To find out more, including details of the services and how to book, please visit: https://www.fflecsi.wales/locations/pembrokeshire/

100+ Club

A 100+ club is a form of private lottery. Tickets cost £10 for the year and subscribers are allocated a numbered ticket which are entered into a draw. There are over 100 tickets issued, hence the name.  The club year runs from 1st April to 31st March. Cash Draws take place 4 times per year.  

If anyone would like to buy a new 100+ Club number for themselves or as a gift for a family member or friend, or to those who may not yet have renewed this year, the cost is £10 each, please contact the Hayscastle Community Forum Treasurer /100+ Co-ordinator, Mrs Sarah Lewis on 01348 840410 or via our Facebook page Hayscastle Community Centre or message this page.