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Acorn Writers celebrate 10th anniversary

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Acorn writers: At their 10th anniversary party.

Acorn writers: At their 10th anniversary party.

ON A MONDAY in late November 2004, local authors were invited to pop in to Fishguard’s Royal Oak where Dai Crowther, the landlord, was hoping to form a writers’ group. A dozen people turned up and Acorns Writers’ Support Group was born. Over the years the group went from strength to strength and today it still consists of around a dozen regular members, including many of those who attended that first meeting. This week Acorn’s writers celebrated their 10th anniversary with a party and dinner at the Transition Café in Fishguard, when members raised a glass in memory of their much loved and immensely talented founder, Dai Crowther, who died from cancer last November.

In the decade since the group’s formation, Acorns members have developed their own website and published 13 books under their Acorns Publishing imprint. These include three sci-fi and one fantasy novel by Clive Ousley, whose books are available on Kindle and in paperback. Alison Leighton and Jackie Williamson have won national awards, Jackie and Gwyneth Evans were published in an anthology by Honno and Trefor Stockwell’s book of short stories is published by Matador. Acorns have visited and participated in literary festivals locally and in Ireland, attended creative writing workshops and presented several of their own, the latest of which focused on publishing for Kindle e-readers.

Chairman Jackie Williamson said: “We are proud of how our group has developed over the years. We support and encourage each other as writers and have also become good friends. Although we are serious about our writing our meetings are not terribly serious and our regular Monday evenings at the Transition Café are enjoyable as well as productive. “As a support group for writers rather than a tutor-led class, a typical evening consists of readings and constructive feedback, a short writing task and group discussion. Writers with work in progress are encouraged to share it with others and all members of the group say this has helped motivate and inspire them.

This anniversary is a real milestone for us, as we know how few writing groups survive as long as this. “We are especially grateful to Rosie Jones, Sara Howell and Seth Davies, the young chefs at Transition Café, who cooked a fabulous three course meal for us and looked after us so brilliantly and cheerfully on our big night. A big thank you, too, to the pupils of Ysgol Bro Gwaun, for designing and painting an anniversary banner. We loved it.” • To find out more about Acorns Writers’ Support Group and members’ books please visit www. acornswriterssupportgroup.org.uk • To find out more about the Transition Café visit www. transitionbrogwaun.org.uk • If you’d like to know more about how the Café promotes work experience for young people, such as Rosie, Sara and Seth through the Jobs Growth Wales scheme, visit www. careerswales.com.

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Salvage Hunters: New series is filming in Pembrokeshire, and they need help

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SALVAGE HUNTERS, the well-loved and most watched Quest TV and Discovery Network show, is on the hunt for locations to film at in the Pembrokeshire and the wider South West Wales area to feature in the upcoming series.

We follow decorative antiques expert Drew Pritchard as he travels around various locations in the UK and abroad on his quest to find and buy unusual objects with an interesting history.

Drew really visits everywhere – beautiful estates, old family businesses, barns and attic’s stuffed full of unwanted things, museums, factories, collectors and iconic religious sites buying all sorts along the way – from gorgeous country house furniture and railwayana to 6ft 1980s disco balls and anything in-between.

Now in its sixteenth series and airing to over half a million people in the UK and millions more worldwide, this is a great opportunity for you to promote your business or home to a broad audience, sell a few items that perhaps you no longer need, make some money and celebrate the history and heritage of the UK.

If you think you fit the bill or know somebody that might then please do not hesitate to reach out and speak with a member of our team.

Call us on 0203 179 0092 or alternatively send us an email to – salvagehunters@curvemedia.com

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Fishguard and Goodwick Mural project turns to Crowdfunder to raise money

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PLANS to put up a few bright and decorative murals around the twin towns of Fishguard & Goodwick have turned to Crowdfunder to raise the money needed for their vision.

Andrew Harries, found of the Fishguard Future Projects, wants to place 12 murals around Fishguard and Goodwick “to help brighten up the town and showcase its culture and history”.

Andrew said: “Having been born and raised in Fishguard, I have seen the town’s highs and lows.

“Fishguard and Goodwick has a lot of potential with the tourism trade growing every year and the popular events such as the Music Festivals, The New Years Eve Street Party, The Carnival, The Soapbox Derby and many more helping attract even more visitors.”

The murals, which were initially turned down for funding when a grant application was refused, will focus on the two towns “interesting but lesser known history” that Andrew feels needs to be highlighted.

Andrew told The Herald: “Each design will be 8 x 6ft and mounted professionally on buildings around the area. Having spoken to a few business owners around the town, this project has received a lot of positive feedback.”

“The murals will unfortunately need to be fully funded via Crowdfunder, after a grant application was turned down.

“I have explored the option of having them traditionally painted on, but this would be more cost effective and would need to be maintained every 5 – 8 years. With this in mind, the designs will be created digitally and then professionally mounted on aluminium composite.”

If you want to help, you can find the link to Andrew’s Crowdfunder here.

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Drive for new recruits as Army Cadets re-open

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DYFED AND GLAMORGAN ARMY CADET FORCE are now able to accept new joiners aged 12 (and in Year 8 at School) to 17 years old.

Joining the Army Cadets will give access to a wide range of exciting activities, from adventurous training (AT) such as kayaking, mountain biking and abseiling and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to military-themed activities including shooting, fieldcraft and skill at arms, as well as training in first aid, young adults get the chance to discover lots of new experiences and make new friends.  

There is no obligation to join the Forces at all, but they can give some guidance if you are interested.  

There are no subscription charges, uniform is issued free on a loan basis; the only thing you need to supply yourselves is Boots.  

The Cadet Force are also looking for adult volunteers, both uniformed and non-uniformed to assist as well.

They have Detachments located in Fishguard, Haverfordwest, Narberth, Tenby, Milford Haven, Neyland, Pembroke Dock, Tenby, St Clears, Llanelli, Trimsarren and Burry Port.

Most Detachments parade twice a week in the evenings 1900 – 2100hrs on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday (Depending on Location) and try to get away for a weekend every month as well as organising summer camps. 

Further Information is available at :- www.armycadets.com or call them on 01656 657593 (Option 1) to find out where your local detachment is and what nights they Parade.

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