30 May 2019

Checked all the rails yesterday. Milford rail has been the busiest in the last 2 weeks with lots of coats taken. Thank you to those who donated the bags of coats left at the rails in Milford & Haverfordwest. I have taken them home to check them & they will go back out on the rails as soon as possible.

Coat rails are at the following locations:

The Coffee Cave, High Street, Haverfordwest

The Precinct, 25-27 Charles Street, Milford Haven

The Library, Pembroke Dock

Thank you to all members of this group who continue to donate such good quality coats for use in this scheme, I couldn't do this without your support.

For our new members, the idea of the Coat Rail Project is, if you have a need - whether you're homeless or just can't afford a good winter coat, you're free to take one. If you want to help, leave one, it's that simple. If any members of the group want to donate any coats please contact me via Facebook. We ask that any coats are clean & in good condition with all zips/buttons in good working order.

Remember, not all homeless will be on Facebook so be they're eyes n ears & spread the word.

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11 May 2019 

Called in to see the lovely Sally Sanderson at The Amber Boutique in Milford Haven this week to collect the donations she's been collecting from her kind & generous clients. The box was overflowing with loads of lovely items which we will be able to put to good use.

Sally & her team are acting as a drop off point for clients & other women to donate unwanted & UNOPENED cosmetics/toiletries & sanitary/hygiene products, as well as offering clients the option to "gift" their free treatments accrued on their loyalty cards to us, to pass on & help others who may be in need of a bit of pampering, for whatever reason.

Homeless Pembrokeshire will be able to make use of the cosmetics/toiletries, etc, in our Emergency Packs, distribute at our Soup Evenings, via our Baby Bank or wherever we see a need. Vouchers for the beauty treatments will be issued to ensure the scheme is not abused.

Thank you Sally & colleagues, you are stars. ❤

Carol x

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2 May 2019

Pleased to report there has been a lot of activity on all the coat rails over the last 2 weeks. Pembroke Dock rail & Milford Haven rails have both been particularly busy. Also so good to see the local communities from both those towns supporting the scheme & donating coats for the rails. Thank you.

Coat rails are at the following locations:

The Coffee Cave, High Street, Haverfordwest

The Precinct, 25-27 Charles Street, Milford Haven

The Library, Pembroke Dock

Thank you to all members of this group who continue to donate such good quality coats for use in this scheme, I couldn't do this without your support.

For our new members, our Coat Rail Project has just recently got off the ground. The idea is, if you have a need - whether you're homeless or just can't afford a good winter coat, you're free to take one. If you want to help, leave one, it's that simple. If any members of the group want to donate any coats please contact me via Facebook. We ask that any coats are clean & in good condition with all zips/buttons in good working order.

Remember, not all homeless will be on Facebook so be they're eyes n ears & spread the word.

Carol x

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24 April 2019

Now I know it, I must be a bit obsessive about coats!

Yesterday I did my weekly coat rail check to restock if any coats have been taken & pick up any coats donated. The rail at the Coffee Cave in Haverfordwest is tucked away down some stairs, on a little landing, just off the main cafe area. When I got there I spotted a lovely coat hanging on the bannister next to the coat rail, in fabulous condition, padded for warmth, & waterproof. Picked it up, threw over my arm & off I went, saying a quick "Hiya" to Karen, the Manager, as I walked back out.

Now, in my defence, the coats left at the rails for donation are sometimes hanging off the end of the rail, packed in bags lying on the floor, or anywhere in the vicinity!

Four hours later we received a call from Karen asking if we had picked up her coat by mistake that morning, & her car keys were in the pocket!!!! 😯 Luckily, I now take all coats donated at rails back home to check them over before they go out again so I drove straight back to town with it & a red faced Carol sheepishly returned Karen's coat to her.

Thank you Karen for being so understanding about this debacle & a warning to everyone, ............. In the words of Police, "don't stand so close to me", ........... I'll have the coat off your back! 🏃🏃🏃🚓🚓🚓

Carol x

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12 April 2019

I am really pleased that I have finally been able to set up a Coat Rail in Pembroke Dock. It is located in Pembroke Dock Library, in the Life Hub area. I am very grateful to the staff & management of the library for being so supportive & positive about the project. Such a good place for a rail, near the town centre, close to a large supermarket & good access. (Opening hours in attached photo). We have been given a two month trial period initially so that management there can be sure there will be no health & safety issues. Will keep you all posted. Photos of the new rail attached.

Unfortunately, Owen at The Bridge Caff, Kilgetty, has decided they cannot continue hosting a rail. Thank you for being willing to give it a go & for your support.

The rail in Milford Haven continues to be the busiest with on average 5/6 coats taken a week plus coats left for donation. Haverfordwest doesn't seem to be so well used but coats are regularly donated there.

Coat rails are at the following locations:

The Coffee Cave, High Street, Haverfordwest

The Precinct, 25-27 Charles Street, Milford Haven

The Library, Pembroke Dock

Thank you to all members of this group who continue to donate such good quality coats for use in this scheme, I couldn't do this without your support.

For our new members, our Coat Rail Project has just recently got off the ground. The idea is, if you have a need - whether you're homeless or just can't afford a good winter coat, you're free to take one. If you want to help, leave one, it's that simple. If any members of the group want to donate any coats please contact me via Facebook. We ask that any coats are clean & in good condition with all zips/buttons in good working order.

Remember, not all homeless will be on Facebook so be they're eyes n ears & spread the word.​

Carol's Coats

22 March 2019

There's been a lot of activity on our coat rails this week.

On Tuesday I checked & restocked all the rails. 4 coats had been taken from the Milford Haven rail, 3 from Kilgetty & 1 coat donated at the Haverfordwest rail.

However, yesterday we received a phone call from Jo at the Connie & Jo Shop, to let us know the rail at The Precinct in Milford Haven had broken, so I dashed down there to see what had happened.

Our coat rails are fairly lightweight & small so that they will fit in most venues that agree to host one. I always put out a maximum of 12 coats so as not to overload them. But 6 additional coats had been left by members of the public in the 2 days since I'd checked the rails & it had simply buckled under the weight! The broken rail & all coats were removed overnight & I returned this morning with a larger, ex retail, clothes rail, restocked with coats. It is so good to see the local community donating so many coats & supporting this project, keep them coming, your new rail can take it!

Thank you to Jo for trying to mend the original rail, getting in touch with us & for being so supportive of this project. Also thank you to my eldest daughter, Kelly Webb, who happened to be home for a few days & helped me transport & assemble the large rail. I think it's looking good! (Pictured below).

Coat rails are at the following locations:

The Coffee Cave, High Street, Haverfordwest

The Precinct, 25-27 Charles Street, Milford Haven

The Bridge Caff, Kilgetty

Thank you to all members of this group who continue to donate such good quality coats for use in this scheme, I couldn't do this without your support.

For our new members, our Coat Rail Project has just recently got off the ground. The idea is, if you have a need - whether you're homeless or just can't afford a good winter coat, you're free to take one. If you want to help, leave one, it's that simple. If any members of the group want to donate any coats please contact me via Facebook. We ask that any coats are clean & in good condition with all zips/buttons in good working order.

Remember, not all homeless will be on Facebook so be they're eyes n ears & spread the word.