A November / Decemeber update from our Rural Wisdom Development Worker in Milford Haven – Rachel Evans
This is what has been happening in Pembrokeshire’s part of Rural Wisdom in November and December – by the time January arrives there will be even more going on!
The new luncheon club
The luncheon club entertained guests for the first time on Wednesday 1st November. Jackie, Norma and Pam were amazing, dishing up the meal which had been so beautifully prepared by the local daycentre. The diners numbered 27, many of whom had desperately missed the previous luncheon club. We all want to emulate what those first wonderful volunteers had done for local people and last week the numbers went up to 4 – there were mince pies, sherry and wine as well as a two-course Christmas meal. A bit more help will be needed in the New Year, as it was very busy.
The Mount Estate, Milford
A couple of months ago, Fr Harri, incumbent at St Katharine’s Church in Milford, secured the use of the community centre on a local housing estate. He and wife Clare have plans to provide activities and services for residents there and I was fortunate enough to have a site visit with Fr Harri – we both agreed that there is massive potential. Once we have tidied the place up, I will be talking to the older folk to see what activities they favour and what their vision is for the estate.
PALs continues on a weekly basis – the attendance varies, but it is an informal social group so this is fine. I have had to be absent on a couple of occasions and I am really grateful that friends stepped into run things while I was away – but the really good news is that Jess, from advocacy charity Dewis and a staunch ally of PALs from the beginning, saw the potential for her own hometown and her Neyland group began just a few weeks ago. Definitely Rural Wisdom learning!
I am over the moon that the Town Council have given What’s On financial support for its continuation well into next year.
We also had a sizeable donation from the organisers of Christmas Together. Christmas Together is a wonderful event. It was featured on the front page of the current What’s On and provided for people who will be alone on Christmas Day. It is delivered by Cllrs Guy and Colin and their team, who give up their own 25th December every year to host a fabulous occasion for others, full of fun and festive cheer.
Linking with other parts of Rural Wisdom
In November a small number of us from Wales travelled up to meet our Scottish Rural Wisdom colleagues to report on how our projects are going and to share ideas – an interesting time was had by all and we enjoyed great hospitality.
Wishing you a peaceful and contented Christmas and all good things in 2018,