HaverHUB Volunteers Open Evening.

The Old Post Office, Haverfordwest

Latest update – more Haverhelpers needed!

On Thursday 5th October 2017 an open evening was held to give interested locals a chance to see around the dilapidated old building and yards that will become the new Haverhub centre. After some successful and fabulously fun events, the clearing and fund-raising continues.

Two sheds and courtyard to be open by Christmas

With grant applications pending the team behind this great venture, led by Gitti Coats, aim to get the sheds and yard ready for public use by the end of this year. John Collier and some colleagues are working now to get the shed doors opened for the first time in over 30 years – once that is done, the pigeons and their accumulated droppings can be removed – don’t worry – no pigeons will be harmed, but they must be persuaded to move on!

More than a dozen new volunteers were shown around the premises this week and already, incredible offers of help have been made by these latest recruits – for example, guidance in premises management and instant hands-on help with moving things and more clearance work. Other new projects planned are teams of gardeners and an arts group to create huge works of art to display in Haverhub – this is led by Arthur Brooker, inspired by his latest Break Out of the Gallery event in Haverfordwest. Free architectural drawings have been completed to help move the plans along for the whole building and Gitti has been overwhelmed with ideas and suggestions for the building’s use. These include meeting rooms, market stalls, hotdesks and business start-ups.

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Campaign to End Loneliness Pembrokeshire.

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A National Campaign to End Loneliness reached Pembrokeshire this week and was the focus of a day-long seminar at Letterston Memorial Hall on Thursday.

Supported by Big Lottery Funding and, in Pembrokeshire, by Pembrokeshire County Council, this initiative acknowledges that ‘Loneliness is horrible’.

Novelist Emily Dickinson described it as “…the horror not to be surveyed….the quiet devastation.”

Novelist Emily Dickinson described it as “…the quiet devastation, the horror not to be surveyed.”

Campaign to End Loneliness.

Discussion centred around a search for applied local strategies to help relieve loneliness in our communities and so improve lives; to achieve positive health outcomes and reduce the impact that, as research clearly shows, loneliness has on morbidity and mortality – yes, it’s a bigger indirect killer than heart disease and obesity and other chronic diseases.

Loneliness shortens lives and renders life unbearable for sufferers.

 

Adverse effects of loneliness on health:

  • Increased stress – associated with boredom, restriction of free movement – #campaigntoendlonelinessconfinement.
  • Weight gain or weight loss – effects of low mood, isolation – perhaps leading to insufficient or sub-optimal dietary intake / poor nutrition.
  • Depression and anxiety – and more severe risks to self, secondary to these.

What helps to relieve loneliness?

Here are just a few…. please add your own suggestions in the comments section below, following this article…

Sharing…

  • A heart to heart hug.
  • Therapeutic touch.
  • *Contact and communication…. Women tend to prefer face to face contact (more appropriate when anyone seeks ‘understanding’ or emotional support; whereas men enjoy ‘shoulder to shoulder’ activities – the Men’s Shed initiative is an excellent example of this – ‘tangible support’, working together to solve a problem.
  • *Meaningful invitations to share time together – even 10 minutes contact is proven to bring about a release of hormones that affect a positive sense of wellbeing (Oxytocin).
  • Singing.*
  • Conversation.*
  • Considered seating arrangements.*
  • Cultural sensitivity.*
  • Listening.*
  • Inter-generational meeting places.*

* These asterisks denote an interaction that can be facilitated when visiting someone who is lonely, and perhaps housebound and unable to access all that we take for granted;

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DUCK RACE!

Haverfordwest Brownies with Marty DUCK fundraising for Girl Guiding Pembrokeshire
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Girl Guiding Pembrokeshire held a Duck Race this morning at Riverside, Haverfordwest.

Well attended – Marty DUCK was a crowd pleaser – and it was delightful to see lots of beaming faces cheering on their ducks!

It was our first experience of a Duck Race…. NOW I get it…. (I wondered who on earth raced ducks and could only imagine time trials and training schedules!) We’d like another one SOON, please…. great fun.

AND THE WINNER IS…

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Meetup: Pembrokeshire Culture Club

Meetup - Pembrokeshire Culture Club

Do you enjoy the arts and culture? Would you like to meet up with like-minded people and share these interests? Pembrokeshire Culture Club could be for you… Open to any … Read more…

Local rider, Seren James.

Seren James with Blurock Amethyst 'Dolly' Pembrokeshire County Show 2017
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Pembrokeshire People.

Seren James with Blurock Amethyst Dolly Pembrokeshire County Show 2017.

The Pembrokeshire County Show is definitely an event that overflows with talented people. From all corners, all walks of life, this gathering is a marvellous showcase of how a community comes together in what can surely be seen as a celebration of life and, of course, rural life in particular.

The talent is evident right across the board and can be seen in every aspect; organisers, support-team, participants – those who show and the contestants and judges…

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