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Thursday 19 July 2018: Valero Energy Oil Refinery Talk

Details: The Public Affairs Manager for Valero, Stephen Thornton, will give us an insider view of ‘Valero and the Welsh Oil Refining Sector’ and will cover: why Pembrokeshire was chosen; the basic processes used to transform crude oils; and the company’s commitment to the community, the environment and the economy.

Valero Energy Corporation, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels and other petrochemical products. It has nearly 10,000 employees, throughout its 15 petroleum refineries around the world, with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3.1 million barrels per day and 11 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.45 billion gallons per year. The petroleum refineries are located in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Timings and Meeting Point: The talk will take place in the first floor Conference Room of the Mariners Hotel in Haverfordwest (SA61 2DU), commencing at 19:00.

Tea and coffee can be purchased from the bar on the ground floor.
There is ample car parking at the hotel.

Lead Organiser: Ian Pattinson (01239 821631)

Valero provides a boost to St Brides Pump House refurbishment project

Valero Energy Ltd have donated £500 towards a long-term project by the Friends of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to refurbish the St Brides Pump House, a major historical asset within the Park.


Park Protector Award 2018 – nominations open

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Park Protector Award, run by the Campaign for National Parks.

National Parks are home to some of our most important wildlife and sites of cultural heritage, we believe this makes them worth protecting. The annual Park Protector Award aims to celebrate those projects making a big difference in England and Wales’ National Parks. Whether the project is improving biodiversity, restoring built or natural heritage, protecting or campaigning against a threat, involved in rural skills, volunteering or youth engagement, we look for the most innovative and impactful projects.

The winner receives a £2000 grant towards their efforts and a further £500 second prize is up for grabs. Closing date 31st July 2018.

More information and application forms on the CNP website.

Saturday 8 September 2018: Day Visit to The Big Pit and St Fagans

Summary – A full day away, visiting two of Wales’ landmark living museums – The Big Pit National Coal Museum and St Fagans National History Museum. A part subsidised coach for members will leave from Haverfordwest Bus Station at 08:30 and return approximately 19:15.


Details: The Big Pit is one of the few mining museums where visitors can descend in the pit cage and visit the places where generations of coal miners worked while many of the surface exhibitions and displays are housed in the original colliery buildings. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain a better understanding of how the South Pembrokeshire coal miners and their families lived and worked.

St Fagans is one of Europe’s leading open-air museums and the most popular heritage attraction in Wales – standing in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans castle and gardens. And it is home to the Pembrokeshire Trader’s House (pictured) from the old quay in Haverfordwest. By careful planning(!) the visit coincides with the National Veg Society and Food Festival – a firm favourite – helping to bring the museum to life.

08:30 –
Depart Haverfordwest Bus Station by coach
10:45 – Arrive at The Big Pit
13:00 – Depart The Big Pit
14:00 – Arrive St Fagans
17:00 – Depart St Fagans
19:15 (approx) – Arrive Haverfordwest

Costs: Entry to both museums is free and the coach hire will be part subsidised from central funds. The self-funded contribution will be no more that £10 per head and possibly less, depending on whether we can fill a 29-seater coach.

Lead Organiser:- Ian Pattinson (01239 821631)