Classic Car Events This Summer

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Classic car shows are popular events in Pembrokeshire, with people travelling from miles around to participate.

This summer’s first event took place at the Commons Car Park, Pembroke, organised by Malcom Powell and his friends, in aid of the Paul Sartori hospice at home charity.

There is much more to come.

The start of each is event is 4pm, with one exception: the last show of the season, on Saturday 14 September at the Plough Inn, Sageston, will start at 2.30pm.

Wednesday 5 June at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 19 June at the Plough Inn, Sageston

Wednesday 3 July at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 17 July at the Plough Inn, Sageston

Wednesday 14 August at the Cresselly Arms

Wednesday 18 August at the Plough Inn, Sageston

Happy motoring!
































We know that assisted dying is an emotional issue and is not  exclusive to  Pembrokeshire but when you help run a free online magazine, sometimes it a temptation to indulge oneself with a discussion that is dear to ones own heart.

I joined Dignity in Dying a few years ago. I have worked with many people coming to the end of their life and a slow painful death is not something I ever felt was something I could agree was acceptable.

I have had beloved pets ‘put to sleep’ when they have been too unwell to live a happy, relatively pain free life and I looked after my Mum in the last years of her life. Supporting a dear friend while she lived with and finally succumbed to cancer was a privilege and a horror that I would not wish for myself, so I come down firmly on the side of a big fat yes when it comes to choosing for myself when it’s time to let go of  this body for good.

I have to say, without wishing to sound uncompassionate, that I do find it strange, particularly when coming across older folks, to note the denial that  death is at the end for everyone. For young people it may be very different. We are all invincible when we are young and while life is sparkling with sunshine and lollipops are in abundance, why dwell on the inevitable. It’s a bit different to be clinging on



MPs from every major political party have voiced their support for a change in the law on assisted dying during a Westminster Hall debate that was secured by a petition backed by Dame Esther Rantzen, Dignity in Dying and more than 200,000 members of the public.


During a crowded and at times emotional debate, MPs from across the House called for time to be given for the next Parliament to hold a “thorough and fresh” debate and free vote on the issue. More than half of those who spoke in the debate indicated that they would support a change in the law.


A number of MPs told how they had previously opposed assisted dying but have subsequently changed their minds, having been moved by the stories of constituents harmed by the current blanket ban. Other MPs shared their personal stories of losing a loved one, and how that has increased their support for change. Tributes were also made to the late Labour peer Frank Field, who revealed in a debate in the House of Lords in 2021 that he was terminally ill and would want the choice for himself.


The debate came about after an official petition spearheaded by Dame Esther Rantzen secured more than 200,000 signatures since January. In December, Dame Esther revealed that she has joined an assisted dying clinic in Switzerland following a diagnosis of terminal lung cancer.


Ahead of the debate, hundreds of people – including high profile figures such as Jonathan Dimbleby, dying people and bereaved relatives – gathered outside the Houses of Parliament at a public demonstration, calling for MPs to listen to their stories and represent the views of the 75% of the public who back a change in the law.


Sarah Wootton, Chief Executive of Dignity in Dying, said:


“Today’s debate has put beyond doubt that assisted dying reform is coming to the UK. MPs from every major party have backed law change, with many changing their minds. Right across the House MPs called for proper parliamentary time for debate and a free vote – notably, even from those opposed to reform. This follows promises from both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition to ensure a full debate on assisted dying in the next Parliament. The message heard today by dying people and their families up and down the country couldn’t have been clearer: Parliament is listening, at last.


“Dame Esther Rantzen’s interventions have lit a rocket under this vital conversation, and though illness kept her at home today, the spirit of what she has called her ‘final campaign’ was very much present in the air of Westminster Hall. Esther has given a voice to the 75% of us who want and need this law to change and made our calls impossible for MPs to ignore.


“With the General Election looming, today’s incredibly positive comments by MPs have passed the baton to the next Parliament to embark on a meaningful, constructive debate – not on whether reform is needed, but on how to implement a safe and compassionate law, that is right for the UK.”


Momentum towards a UK assisted dying law for terminally ill, mentally competent adults has grown rapidly in recent months, with an increasing number of MPs acknowledging the urgent need for reform, and growing expectation that there will be a significant breakthrough in the next Parliament.


In February, the first ever Commons inquiry into assisted dying reassured MPs that such laws already work safely in many countries around the world, with tight safeguards that benefit and protect dying people, and improve end-of-life care as a whole.


In its report, the Health & Social Care Select Committee alerted the Government to the high likelihood that some terminally ill British citizens will have access to an assisted death this decade, with simultaneous bills moving forward in Scotland, Jersey and the Isle of man.


The Government’s official response to the inquiry today stated that it would discuss with the Crown Dependencies the practical implications should those parliaments change their own laws on assisted dying.


In March, the largest and most in-depth UK-wide survey of public opinion on assisted dying revealed that 75% of the public back law change on assisted dying, consistent across ages, backgrounds and voting intentions, and with majority support in every parliamentary constituency across Great Britain.


Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer have both committed to ensuring time to debate assisted dying if either is successful in their respective bids to lead the next Government following the General Election.




For more information or interview requests, please email Molly Pike, Media and Campaigners Officers at Dignity in Dying, or call 07855209809





Pet owners are being warned to be aware

The enactment recently of the Pet AbductionBill is  raising  concern among pet owners and animal welfare organisations . At the heart of the debate is the legislation’s approach to the theft of animals, which, according to critics, classifies pets merely as inanimate possessions. This distinction carries a significant implication: theft of animals in Wales will be penalised less severely than in the rest of the United Kingdom. Such a stance has not only alarmed pet owners but also attracted criticism from prominent animal welfare organisations, including the RSPCA.


The RSPCA has voiced apprehensions that this legislation could position Wales as a more attractive target for pet thieves, contrary to the bill’s intent to deter such crimes. With an estimated 1.5 million pet owners in Wales, representing over 50% of the population, the potential impact of this law cannot be understated. Pets, viewed by many as integral members of the family, hold immense emotional value, making the prospect of increased pet theft a deeply personal concern for many.


In response to this growing unease, residents and concerned parties are urged to take proactive steps to voice their objections and seek amendments to the legislation. Billie-Jade, from RSPCA Cymru, highlights the importance of engaging with Members of the Senedd on this issue. Animal welfare, being a devolved matter in Wales, means that the Welsh Government holds the power to address these concerns. Residents are encouraged to find and contact their local representatives via the official Senedd website, thereby playing a crucial role in advocating for a reconsideration of the bill’s provisions.


Furthermore, a petition has been launched, reflecting the collective dismay of the Welsh public towards the bill’s current form. Supporting this petition not only demonstrates solidarity with the cause but also amplifies the call for legislative revision.



The importance of raising awareness about the Pet Abduction Bill cannot be overstated. With a significant portion of the Welsh population potentially unaware of the bill and its implications, efforts to inform and mobilise the community are critical. The Pembrokeshire Herald, recognising its role in this vital dialogue, urges readers to engage with the issue. By contacting Members of the Senedd, supporting petitions, and spreading the word among networks, including friends, family, and veterinary practices, residents can contribute to a collective effort to ensure that the welfare of pets in Wales is not compromised.


As we navigate this challenging period, the unity and voice of Wales’s pet-loving community have never been more important. It’s a call to action for all who hold animal welfare close to their hearts. Together, we can advocate for a Wales that remains a safe and loving home for our cherished pets.

Aquick trawl through the vegan-sausage options in the supermarket shows up an unappetising smorgasbord of ingredients, none of which you would find in your cupboard at home – or is

Then there are the oils, such as palm oil – currently in the dock for causing wildlife habitat destruction – among others, which will have been heavily processed to make them bland enough for the product. Is the meat-free option no longer to our palate?


A British sausage maker has had to axe almost its entire range of vegan products, after admitting last week that demand had plummeted. Heck, based in Yorkshire, said it had cut the size of its vegan range from around 15 products to just two as shoppers’ interest had waned.

Sales of meat-free products fell by £37.3 million in the supermarkets over the year to September 2022, according to figures from NielsenIQ published in trade magazine The Grocer, while the number of meat alternative lines stocked by the “big five” supermarkets fell by 10.9 per cent over the six months to March 20.


With the meat-free market worth over £570 million in 2022, that’s just a 6.5 per cent drop – hardly falling off a cliff. But it’s a reversal in an area that has up until now seemed unstoppable – a plant-based gravy train for producers.


From 2014 to 2019, sales of meat-free alternatives rose 40 per cent. In 2020, we picked up 25 million tons of vegan meat alternatives from the chiller cabinet – up 70 per cent from 2018. It could be that we are getting more particular about what we eat. While vegan alternatives may benefit the planet (although not lab-grown meat, as recent analysis suggests it could have a carbon footprint up to 25 times that of conventional meat), they aren’t necessarily good for our health.


Vegan sausages contain a litany of highly processed ingredients. For the body of the sausage, pea protein is the main ingredient – the jury is still out on how processed this is compared to the other ingredients, because you can make something similar at home with flour and water.


Linda McCartney’s vegetarian sausages have a higher percentage of textured soy protein, while in Quorn sausages, it is mycoprotein, a yeast-like mass grown industrially in vats.


All of these additives and oils are deemed safe, but they are also ingredients that plant the bangers firmly in the ‘ultra-processed food’ category – the kind of food that is increasingly being blamed for causing obesity and ill health. So why are they used?


As Dr Chris van Tulleken sums it up in his new book Ultra Processed People, they are usually there “to replace the ingredients of a traditional and much-loved food with cheaper alternatives and additives that extend shelf life, facilitate centralised distribution and, it turns out, drive excess consumption.” Be wary of health claims touted on the packets, too.


Of course, “real” meat sausages aren’t healthy – with few exceptions, they contain processed meat, defined as “meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation” by the World Health Organisation. Processed meat has been designated as a Group 1 carcinogen by the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer.


It’s not just the colorectal cancer risk from processed meat that is an issue with sausages. There’s the salt levels: a couple of bangers can easily contain 2g salt – a third of your daily limit. Then there’s the saturated fat – 7g perhaps in the same serving, which is nearly a quarter of your daily allowance. Not a disaster, but a hefty chunk. Add in buttery mashed potatoes and you could easily double that. Vegan versions vary wildly, with some carrying similar levels of salt and saturated fat to the meat versions, some less.


I’ve long been an advocate for vegan junk food. According to research published in the medical journal The Lancet, by 2050 we need to reduce our meat consumption to 300g a week for the sake of the planet. Then there are ethical concerns: it seems mad that an animal should be reared and slaughtered for a service station sausage or a rubbery hot dog, both of which can be replicated impressively by modern plant-based technology. And sure, they aren’t healthy, but neither are the meaty alternatives. If people want to eat them, why not eat the mock-meat versions?


We need, however, to tread carefully. According to van Tulleken, ultra processed food “damages the planet”. He says: “The food system necessary for its production, and of which it is the necessary product, is the leading cause of declining biodiversity and the second largest contributor to global emissions.”


Nonetheless, I suspect vegan sausages are here to stay. But if you want to stick to a proper pork banger, it’s no less good for you – just choose the one with the shortest ingredients list, made with the best meat you can afford. There’s no fairy godmother to wave her wand and make them a healthy choice, but a little of what you fancy? Why not?


Do you eat vegan sausages? Please join the discussion in the comments below.

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Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says " has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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