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Valero Pembroke Refinery donates £100,000 to Wales Air Ambulance Valero Pembroke Refinery has made a donation of £100,000 to Wales Air Ambulance, after nominating to support the lifesaving charity throughout the year. Elected Charity of the Year by employees and contractors, the Valero team has spent 2011 organising a host of fundraising events for the three red helicopters. Valero chairman, CEO and president, Bill Klesse, presented the cheque to Wales Air Ambulance on his first trip to the Pembroke refinery while meeting employees first-hand. The initial donation was for £15,000, but Mr. Klesse made a surprise pledge to increase the total donation to £100,000. Jane James, policy, government and public affairs manager at the refinery, said: “This is a fantastic surprise for all of us, but Mr. Klesse’s generosi-

Wales Air Ambulance chief executive Angela Hughes with Valero chairman, CEO and president Bill Klesse at the cheque presentation. Ms. Hughes presented Mr. Klesse with a framed picture of the custom-made EC135 air ambulance. ty reflects Valero’s commitment to support the communities in which it operates. The company has a strong tradition of working with and fundraising for charities in the US and

we will continue that tradition with Valero in Pembroke.” Receiving the cheque was Wales Air Ambulance chief executive, Angela Hughes. “This is an absolutely won-

derful donation. We are incredibly grateful to the Valero staff for choosing to support Wales Air Ambulance this year and for the staggering pledge of £100,000,” she

said. Ms. Hughes added: “This donation will make a big difference to the charity and will help to save many lives in the future.”

Green Gown award doffs cap at college Continuing its commitment to bringing about change to lower its carbon footprint, Pembrokeshire College gained a very creditable second position at a UK-wide environmental competition recently. The college has consistently done well in the Green Gown awards - this is the third consecutive year that the college has come away with a position - last year winning the coveted ‘Carbon Reduction’category. This year, the college was highly commended in the Space Efficiency category. Only two Welsh institutions - Pembrokeshire College and Coleg Gwent were in the final list - competing with major universities and educational establishments throughout the

UK. Steve Jones, from Saundersfoot, the college’s director of estates, said: “This highly commended award reflects our continual work and commitment to sustainability. As well as cutting our carbon footprint, we are also very conscious of the need to cut our expenditure on heating and lighting, so it really is a very important strategy for organisations large and small to take action in this regard.” The college has cut its electricity consumption by 20 per cent and its gas by 54 per cent. Changing timetables and cleaning shifts is predicted to save £12,000 during the winter. Classrooms and college facilities are being managed

Green Gown gong: Picking up a certificate for Pembrokeshire College at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London, from Channel 4’s Krishnan GuruMurthy, (left) is Gill Lawrence, a governor of Pembrokeshire College and Steve Jones, from Saundersfoot, the college’s director of estates, and also pictured (right) is Reggie Blennerhassett from the BUFDG - British Universities Finance Directors. more efficiently, making better use of space and allowing heating and lighting to be switched off more. Energyefficient new facilities; such as the engineering wing, utilises state of the art energy efficiency measures that has also had an impact. Students and staff have signed up to personal pledges to take responsibility for their own energy use, fostering a culture of switching off equip-

ment. Providing excellent learning facilities is the over-riding priority, while careful planning has allowed more efficient use of the space needed and produced substantial efficiencies. Government inspectors (Estyn) reported that the college’s work in environmental sustainability and energy was an area of ‘outstanding practice’. Now in their seventh year,

The Green Gown Awards were founded in 2004 by the Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement project and have grown in reputation and stature year on year. With a record number of entries, the Green Gown Awards are firmly established as the most prestigious recognition of sustainability excellence in the further and higher education sectors.

Residents thanked over refuse changes Residents have been thanked for their patience as a major change in refuse and recycling collections got underway this week across the county. The introduction of new refuse collection schedules was introduced by the county council on Monday. Household refuse lorries are now operating in new zones across Pembrokeshire, creating a more cost-effective and efficient waste collection service. The move means that many households are having their refuse collected on a different day and at a different time. Clr. Ken Rowlands, cabinet member for the environment and regulatory services, thanked the public and local businesses for their patience and understanding while the changes were being implemented. “This is the biggest change to our waste collection service since we introduced recycling,” he said. “The new arrangements will mean greater efficiencies for the Authority and help it meet strict recycling targets from the Welsh Government. “It’s early days but so far the new service appears to be operating well. Given time and as the new schedule beds in - we hope in the near future to be able to give people a better approximation of the time of their weekly collection.” Every home in the county was recently sent an information leaflet with full details of the changes - whether they were affected or not. All households will continue to receive weekly collections and the new schedules also mean that all waste and recycling is collected from each property on the same day. Until the new service is established, householders have been asked to put their waste out by 6.30 am to ensure it is not missed. Full details of the changes are available online by logging onto or you can ’phone Pembrokeshire County Council’s Contact Centre on 01437 764551.

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This December, due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers, the Stackpole Trust carol service cannot be held at the Stackpole Centre. This year, the service will be held at Thomas Memorial Congregational Church, High Street, Saundersfoot, on Tuesday, December 6, at 10.30 am, for coffee and mince pies. The service will commence at 11 am, led by Pastor Peter Morgan. The children from the Special Unit at Pembroke School will also be taking part and all proceeds from the day will go to Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice.

Tenby Bridge Club The club held a Simultaneous Pairs competition on Wednesday, November 16. Congratulations to a new partnership Pam Evans and Lucy Brooker who came first. Well done ladies! The results were as follows: 1. Pam Evans and Lucy Brooker 59.58 per cent; 2. Mike Baker and Steve Jarvis 58.33; 3. Brenda Harries and Marnie Owens 56.40; 4. Kevin Thomas and Liz Crockford 53.75. Friday, November 18: 1 Doug Silcox and Kevin Thomas 61.11 per cent; 2. Lyn Lawson and Mary Jones 53.70; 3. Phillip Rogers and Hywel Probert 52.78; 4. Brenda Harries and Marnie Owens 51.85. Bridge is played each week at Kilgetty Community Centre, Wednesdays at 7 pm and Fridays at 6.30 pm. New members and visitors are most welcome. If you require a partner, please ring Irene Delahunty on 01646 622002.

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