Taking place throughout Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire over the summer, sunset cinema offers you the chance to visit locations right across the county, and even browse our selection of properties in those locations!
Pwyllgor Lles Tanygroes Welfare Committee just north of Cardigan runs various fund raising activities throughout the year raising much needed funds for local charities and causes. This year they hold their annual tractor run which will start at the Emlyn Cafe, Tanygroes on Sunday 18th June at 3pm. The event will raise money in aid of Blood Bikes Wales, a charity that helps the NHS to move blood supplies, plasma, documents and other items between hospitals during the weekends and bank holidays.
A warm welcome to all at the Emlyn Café, Tanygroes, Cardigan, SA43 2JE.
To enquire about any of the above you can call them on 01239 810 143
A double celebration has taken place at a Pembrokeshire lifeboat station.
St Davids RNLI officially opened its £10m lifeboat station on Tuesday and named its £2.7m Tamar class lifeboat Norah Wortley.
The new station and slipway took two years to build and are positioned in the cliffs next to the old station at St Justinian.
About 200 people, including past and present crew, attended the ceremony.
The Norah Wortley was funded by a bequest from Diana Symon from Devon and since its arrival at the station four years ago has launched more than 60 times, helping to rescue 50 people and save four lives.
Champagne was poured over the bow as the lifeboat was officially named and handed over to Capt James Wilcox, lifeboat operations manager at St Davids RNLI.
Capt Wilcox said: “The thanks of everyone connected to St Davids RNLI goes out to Diana Symon and all the other donors who made this day possible.
“Their generosity and the support of the local community mean our volunteers will be able to save lives at sea off the coast of St Davids for many more years to come.”
The new lifeboat station is one of the RNLI’s most ambitious build projects in recent years.
It was part funded by the community and as well as housing the Norah Wortley, is home to the smaller inshore lifeboat.
Tuesday’s ceremony also paid tribute to the past with the Watson class lifeboat, which served St Davids RNLI for 22 years until 1985, in the water for the event.
PLANS to build four floating hotel pods at Milford Haven Marina have been approved by Pembrokeshire County Council.
The Port of Milford Haven says the four-star floating suites will form part of its £70m Milford Waterfront development.
It hopes its plans will build on the ‘established retail, café and restaurant experience’ to create a vibrant waterfront destination attracting thousands more visitors to Milford Haven and Pembrokeshire each year.
“Our idea was developed when we were looking at ways to quickly add to the existing bedstock in Milford Haven,” said Neil Jenkins, Destination Director at the Port.
“It was also important to us that whatever was proposed would match the high quality offering already enjoyed at Milford’s four gold anchor marina; a highly sought after accreditation within the marine leisure industry.
“The floating suites should offer a unique experience for anyone wanting to soak up the tranquil marina atmosphere without necessarily owning a boat.”
Work is continuing on developing this proposal and supporting business plan, and the Port hopes to officially open the suites before Easter 2018.
THE CITY of St Davids, the smallest city in the UK, could soon be in the running to be named as the UK’s City of Culture for 2021.
Pembrokeshire County Council is exploring the possibility of making the bid and a report is set to go before Cabinet on Monday, February 13.
The deadline for registering an interest in applying is at the end of this month.
It had not yet been possible to discuss the matter with all the key partners but steps are in place to do so as soon as possible.
Although any bid will have to involve the local authority, the Council’s Director of Development, Dr Steven Jones, says that St Davids City Council would be an obvious lead organisation.
The City Council is scheduled to consider the City of Culture opportunity tonight (February 6th).
Dr Jones said that initial discussions with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and partners on the Pembrokeshire Public Service Board had been ‘very supportive.’
The report says that the aim of the UK City of Culture programme is to encourage the use of culture and creativity as a catalyst for economic and social regeneration, to promote the development of new partnerships, and to encourage ambition, innovation and inspiration in cultural and creative activity.
Any area outside of London is eligible to apply. Part of the programme can also be delivered in a wider hinterland. However, bids with a strong central focus will be favoured.
In making the case for St Davids, the report states: ‘St Davids is Britain’s smallest city; it is also a spiritual, historical and cultural centre of major significance in Wales. It is steeped in history and heritage with a remarkable asset base for its size, including for example a fine Cathedral, palace and a national gallery.
‘It has successfully hosted large-scale events such as the annual St Davids Cathedral Festival and the National Eisteddfod which came to the city in 2002.
‘St Davids and the surrounding area also benefits from a number of community and business leaders, and significant social capital from the wider community that could be brought to bear in support of an application.’
Dr Jones says that there is also a case to be made beyond St Davids, perhaps including North Pembrokeshire and as far as Fishguard.
At next week’s meeting, Cabinet Members will be asked to endorse the principle of a Stage 1 application and to begin discussions with a number of stakeholders.
The aim of the City of Culture initiative, which is administered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, is to ‘build on the success of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture 2008, which had significant social and economic benefits for the area’.
Derry, Londonderry was given the first title of City of Culture in 2013 and it was given to Kingston upon Hull for 2017.
Fishguard and Goodwick Round Table presented the Paul Sartori Foundation with a cheque for a whopping £1,500 at their recent January meeting.
The tablers met at the Pendre Inn, Fishguard, to hand the cheque over to Paul Sartori representative Ceri Price.
The money was raised through a series of fundraisers including a bed push collection at Withybush hospital, a street collection in St Davids and from the donations taken during last summer’s sea swim at the raft race in 2016.
Local fundraisers are crucial to the Paul Sartori Foundation. If you have an idea for a local fundraiser, but would like some help and advice, the you can contact Toni Dorkings, the Foundation’s Community Fundraiser, either via email email@example.com or by phoning 01437 763223.
MILFORD Haven will host an ‘action-packed’ weekend of powerboat racing this summer.
The Powerboat P1 National Championships’s Welsh Grand Prix will take place between July 14 and 16.
Following in the footsteps of Ironman and Red Bull Cliff Diving, the adrenalin-fuelled event is expected to further grow Pembrokeshire’s reputation as a host of world-class events.
Centered around the new Milford Waterfront development, this will be the only venue in Wales to welcome the powerboat racers in 2017.
Neil Jenkins, Destination Director at the Port of Milford Haven, said “Attracting world-class events is a key part of Milford Waterfront’s strategy and we’ve worked closely with Welsh Government and Pembrokeshire County Council to bring the P1 National Championships to Pembrokeshire.
“This will be an outstanding event which will help in drawing international attention to Pembrokeshire and Wales.
“We are looking forward to working with local businesses and community groups in the run up to the event to maximise the economic benefit and to ensure racers and spectators leave wanting to come back.”
It is understood the event will cost around £100,000 to host.
To date, the Port of Milford Haven has received backing of £30,000 from the Welsh Government, and £10,000 from Pembrokeshire County Council, plus support in kind.
At its recent precept meeting, Milford Town Council voted to delay making a general donation, and will instead meet with the Port to discuss funding a specific part of the event.
The Grand Prix fits well with the Port’s vision of revitalising the existing waterfront, transforming it into a retail and maritime ‘destination’.
Its plans to redevelop the area are predicted to create around 600 local jobs, and boost the local economy.
Racers will use Milford Waterfront as their base throughout the event, and the Port has said there will also be “exciting build-up activities, events and hospitality” for spectators.
The race itself is set to feature Pembrokeshire’s own Powerboating team, Daisy and Sam Coleman, who are sponsored by Milford Waterfront in 2017.
The team, Coleman Racing, claimed the P1 Superstock National Championship title in Bournemouth last year and were the first team in the series’ history to podium at every event.
They will be using Milford Waterfront as their base for training and testing throughout the winter, as well as hosting experience days in the coming year with a variety of boats and jet skis on show.
A Welsh life-saver has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.
Vivienne Grey, a volunteer crewmember at Little and Broad Haven RNLI since 1990, has been involved in more than 120 ‘shouts’ on the lifeboat and is credited directly for saving the lives of eight people.
She has also volunteered with the local Coastguard Rescue Team for the past 10 years.
A highlight during her time with the RNLI was the rescue of a small boy from the foot of cliffs in 2004. In very rough seas, the lifeboat was maneuvered close to the cliff base and she, with the aid of her crew, managed to get the boy on board.
More recently her skills were needed to rescue two young children spotted clinging to an open kayak in St Brides Bay in the summer of 2015. Her knowledge of the coastline and seamanship ensured that they were found moments before drowning, recovered and returned safely to shore.
Since 2008, Vivienne has also held the voluntary role of Lifeboat Training Coordinator at the lifeboat station. She coaches and mentors her fellow crew members, ensuring that the high standards of training are maintained.
She is particularly keen to bring on younger members of the team and her interest in encouraging young people is continued through her full-time job teaching in the local primary school.
She is also a mother-of-two and has enlisted her husband, mother and stepfather into volunteering at the station and fundraising branch.
Speaking about receiving her aware, Vivienne said: “I am honoured and extremely proud to receive an MBE for my work with the RNLI. I have been on the crew at Little and Broad Haven for over 25 years and I have been very lucky to serve with so many amazing crew and members of the wider RNLI family.
“Little Haven is a small community and this award recognises the hard work of the whole crew and also the support which the village gives the lifeboat. To know that when the pagers go off, we can go to sea and make a difference to someone’s life is why we volunteer and I am thankful and proud to be part of the RNLI.”
RNLI Chief Executive Paul Boissier said: “There is no doubt that Vivienne is a shining light at Little and Broad Haven RNLI, galvanising and motivating the crew, fundraisers, local community and her primary school students with her exceptional dedication and all round wonderful positivity. “She is held in the upmost regard by all the crew and this is due to her extensive experience, knowledge and professionalism – having the highest attendance for shouts at the station exemplifies her dedication.”
Other Pembrokeshire people honoured were Brian John Harries for charitable services in Haverfordwest and Martyn Lloyd Williams, the chairman of the Saundersfoot Festivities Association, for services to charities in Pembrokeshire.
Both receive the British Empire Medal.